Call to Arms

At the outbreak of war huge numbers of staff responded to Lord Kitchener’s ‘call to arms’.  In total around 7,000 men – almost half the workforce – went off to fight.

Some were already members of the Territorial Army.  They were among the first to see active service.  Others volunteered with newly-formed units such as the 26th Royal Fusiliers.  Known as the ‘Bankers Battalion’ it recruited mainly from the financial sector.

Our collections provide some extraordinary insights into the experiences of individuals on the fighting front.  They also include unique records from the army agency, Cox & Co., which provided pay and banking facilities to army officers.

Follow the links below to find out more.