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First World War

Our new online exhibition showcases some images from the archives relating to the First World War, as we commemorate 100 years since the start of the battle.

Celebrating peace

The London City & Midland Bank branch in Hammersmith, London, decorated to mark the end of the First World War in 1918.

Sent to the Front Line

Extract from a staff register of the London City & Midland Bank, showing the impact the First World War had on the staff at Oldham, c1918.

The men who served

Members of HSBC staff who served in the armed forces during the First World War, 1917.


The head office of Crédit Commercial de France in Paris being used as a hospital during the First World War, 1915.

Serve by saving

Circular issued in 1916 by the Midland Bank head office to all branches showing that those on the Home Front also needed to adapt during the war years.

War record

Edgar Nurse, an employee of Midland Bank, with his war card – a record kept by the bank for each member of staff who served.

More about HSBC’s history

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The HSBC Group: Our story

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HSBC’s history in Asia-Pacific

HSBC’s history in Asia-Pacific

HSBC has a long and rich history in Asia – providing banking services to governments, companies and individuals.

The bank’s history and archive collection in the Asia-Pacific region

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