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From Bank to Battlefield

Staff Profiles

Corporal Walter Harry MacQueen, a bank clerk with the Commonwealth Bank's Head Office, was the first Sydney-based member of staff to enlist, signing up on 16 August 1914 (just days after the proclamation of war). By the end of the war, a total of 206 Commonwealth Bank officers had made the same decision to serve. Some of them didn't survive, others suffered injuries that could never be overcome while the lucky ones somehow picked up the pieces of their old lives after the hostilities were over. The mixed fate of these Bank staff who saw active service was a reflection of the war's brutality as well as an acknowledgement of their courage, tenacity and resourcefulness.

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Ernest Hilmer Smith CB VD
36 years
Bank Superintendent

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Vivian Cyril Brooke
27 years
Clerk

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Charles Ashbourne Treadgold
22 years
Bank Clerk

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Roy Wood Croft
20 years
Clerk

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Roy Harrison
25 years
Bank Officer

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Herbert TC Layh
29 years
Bank Clerk

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Walter Harry MacQueen
27 years
Bank Clerk

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Norman Wilson
20 years
Bank Clerk

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Arthur Henry Cobby
22 years
Bank Clerk

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Francis Claud Lloyd
22 years
Clerk

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Robert Sabeston
32 years
Clerk

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Percy Britten Wald
27 years
Accountant

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Oswald Langton Carlile
26 years
Clerk

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Roland Alaric Pryce Jackson
21 years
Clerk

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Arthur William Henry Stallwood
29 years
Clerk

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Elizabeth Ellen Murrell
37 years
Nurse

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Douglas Oswald Luke Kitto
19 years
Clerk

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John Arthur Chambers
19 years
Clerk

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William Hermann Thummler
29 years
Clerk

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Cyril David McIntyre
20 years
Clerk

Battle Profiles

The Battle of the Somme.

Branch Profiles

At the height of hostilities during World War I, just over half the staff from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia's (CBA) Hobart Branch had enlisted. As the Reserve Bank descended from the central banking division of the Commonwealth Bank, we honour the staff from the Hobart Branch and share their story. Read more.

Hobart Branch
Hobart Branch

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