First World War

Lloyds Banking Group in the Great War

Britain declared war on Germany on 4th August 1914.  Over the next four years, the country was thrown into a state of social and economic turmoil.

The cost of war was huge, and financial institutions played a crucial role in funding it. They also paid in other ways – the impact on their staff, customers and day to day operations was profound.

Here we document some of the stories and events of that period. Featured are records, photographs and artefacts from banks and other companies that are now part of Lloyds Banking Group.

Follow the links below to explore further.

For information on staff who fought and died in the conflict, please see Our Memorials.

Information on some staff members who died at Gallipoli, the Somme and Passchendaele can be found on our pages marking those centenaries.