The impact on individuals, particularly those conducting business, or owning property abroad, was perhaps more marked. A memorandum dated 11 September 1918 invited customers to submit applications for claim forms for property in Russia in accordance with a decision by the Secretary for State.
Some consequences were less predictable. Conscientious objectors were not generally regarded with any sympathy during the war. A letter in the archives gives us some insight into the complexities of war and the unexpected consequences that the Bank of Liverpool which would later merge with Barclays - found itself having to deal with. The letter describes the case of a staff member who, upon joining the army, was court-martialled and imprisoned for his refusal to take a life.
Though discharged at the end of the war, the negative reaction of colleagues prevented the bank from taking him back into employment. Instead, it fell to the bank to support the gentleman in finding alternative employment.
Though 100 years may have passed since the start of the Great War, it remains a pivotal moment in human history that should never be forgotten.