War memorials and remembrance
Image: close-up of National Provincial & Union Bank of England's First World War memorial © RBS 2018
RBS is committed to honouring the memory of members of its staff who lost their lives in war.
RBS Remembers 1914-1918 explores what the First World War meant for the staff and customers of 30 historic banks that make up today's RBS family of banks. It includes a searchable database containing details of 1,582 men from those banks who died in, or as a result of, the war.
The RBS Book of Remembrance (1939 to date) (PDF 40KB) records the names of members of staff from the bank’s constituent banks in the United Kindgdom who lost their lives during the Second World War. It also commemorates one man who died in the Korean War.
Many of our constituent banks erected memorials to those among their staff who lost their lives in war. These ranged from bronze plaques and shields to substantial marble monuments built into the fabric of buildings.
Today, we care for over 300 war memorials in properties across the UK. Many are found in the former head office buildings of our predecessor banks, while others are displayed in branches and commemorate staff from smaller branch communities. These memorials represent an important link with our past. Wherever possible they stay with us when we move out of old buildings. This approach was exemplified by the transfer of three of our Scottish memorials to the new RBS headquarters at Gogarburn, Edinburgh in 2005.
We have also shared information about our memorials, and the names inscribed upon them, with the UK National Inventory of War Memorials in order to make it accessible to the widest possible audience.