'To the Recruiting Office'

‘To the recruiting office. 11.55pm Saturday': cartoon by clerk at Bank of Scotland London office [1914].
‘To the recruiting office. 11.55pm Saturday': cartoon by clerk at Bank of Scotland London office [1914].

This cartoon shows staff from Bank of Scotland’s London office, standing in line for the ‘recruiting office’.

In their distinctive bowler hats and overcoats, they look the very epitome of white collar workers of the time.

The men are thought to include clerks John MacKenzie, William Donaldson and Alfred Fulcher. Over the course of the war, they and more than 30 of their colleagues signed up for military service.

This item is part of a large collection of sketches and caricatures drawn by clerks at the London office in the early years of the 20th century.

Originally done on scraps of paper, they were then pasted into a blank ledger, cryptically titled Ledger No. 99.

The drawings provide a unique insight into events during the First World War. Two more are reproduced in the On the Homefront and Aftermath sections.

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