battle of the Somme
100 Years On
Friday 1st July 2016 marked 100 years since the commencement of the Battle of the Somme. Still remembered as one of the bloodiest engagements of the First World War, almost 20,000 British soldiers were killed during the first day of battle – the largest losses ever suffered by the British Army in a single day.
Events were held in the UK and also at the Thiepval memorial in France, which commemorates thousands of British soldiers who died in the battle with no known grave. Among them are the names of more than 100 staff from Lloyds Banking Group.
Here we remember a few of the staff who gave their lives at the Somme, and highlight the stories of others who saw action there.
More than 100 staff from Lloyds Banking Group are listed on the Thiepval memorial.
The Battle of the Somme was the first major engagement fought by civilian volunteers who had joined ‘Kitchener’s Army’.
On the Homefront
What challenges were civilians facing in 1916?
In January 1916 the Military Service Act was passed, making all single men aged 18-41 eligible for military conscription.
Banks Reduce Business Hours
As male staff were conscripted into the army, banks struggled to maintain normal service.
‘Lady Clerks’ Join Bank of Scotland
Bank of Scotland recruited its first female bank clerks in May 1916.