100 Years On

Staff commemorated on the Helles memorial

25th April 2015 marked the centenary of the beginning of the Gallipoli campaign, one of the major engagements of the First World War.

Its objective was to capture the peninsula and secure the Dardanelles strait - an important shipping route. From there the Allies planned to launch an attack on Constantinople (Istanbul), capital of the Ottoman Empire. But despite wave after wave of attack on Turkish positions, the offensive failed.  On 9th January 1916 the last Allied soldiers were evacuated from the area.

The human cost of Gallipoli was huge: more than 180,000 casualties on the Allied side alone.  A significant number were from the Australia and New Zealand Army Corp (ANZAC).  Today, 25th April is commemorated there as ANZAC day.

Services to remember those who fought and died in the Gallipoli campaign were held in the UK and at the Helles Memorial in Turkey.

Here we commemorate just a few of the staff from Lloyds Banking Group who gave their lives at Gallipoli. We also highlight the stories of others who saw action there, as featured in our First World War exhibition.

In Memoriam - staff commemorated on the Helles memorial

Note of an Unknown Soldier

Lieutenant James Gray of the Territorials

In Memoriam

Staff commemorated on the Helles memorial.

Note of an Unknown Soldier

A message from a 'wounded Lovat Scout' who saw action at Suvla Bay.

Lieutenant James Gray

Served at Gallipoli with the Bankers' Company of the Royal Scots.

On the Homefront

What challenges were civilians facing in 1915?

Air Raids

Staff Shortages


Air Raids

The first German airship raids on the UK took place in January 1915.  As the war went on they became a 'daily occurrence'.

Staff Shortages

Employers were under huge pressure to release staff for military service.  Those left behind struggled to cope.


In June 1915 the government launched a national 'thrift' campaign to help meet the rising costs of the war.