It was during the Great War, in 1917, that Barclays & Co Ltd established itself under the new name Barclays Bank Ltd. Several regional banks joined the Barclays family during the war years and as we look back we remember those colleagues who worked so diligently to ensure that Barclays was in a position to support economic recovery post-war.
But most importantly, we salute the 645 young Barclays colleagues who gave their lives in battle.
Lieutenant HS Davy - a second Lieutenant in the 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles - was the first Barclays staff member to be killed in action in 1915. Like many of his fellow soldiers, Lt Davy was not a career soldier. He was better qualified for his role as a clerk at the Barclays Head Office in Lombard Street but when called to duty, Lt Davy - and so many other extraordinarily young men around the world – responded.
This sense of responsibility, expressed so personally by so many individuals during the war years, is something that should never be forgotten. And the stories of the First World War serve as a reminder that great though the challenges we face today are, previous generations have overcome far greater ones.