World War One

100 Years Prudential & The First World War

Barely a week after Britain declared war on 4 August 1914 more than 500 staff members (70 per cent of Chief Office staff) answered the 'King's Appeal' and enlisted. By the end of the war more than 9,000 members of staff had served in the British forces. Overall, 786 employees were killed in action and later commemorated on a Prudential War Memorial.

View the Company Roll of Honour, a fully searchable list of all members of staff who served in the British armed forces during the First World War.

As well as those fighting on the frontline, members of staff who remained at Holborn Bars also undertook a variety of activities to support the war effort. Many joined the Red Cross Voluntary Aid Detachment and assisted with the transportation of homecoming wounded soldiers to various London hospitals. Many others volunteered at their local hospitals. Staff also held fundraising events for the war effort and the staff theatre club performed for wounded servicemen.

Over the next few weeks we will be commemorating the wide-ranging contribution of our staff members through a series of stories. Learn more about the Contribution of the Company, Joining up, Prudential staff in action, Office life, Volunteers on the home front, Prudential women in the war and Armistice Day, 11 November 1918.

As part of our activities to commemorate the role played by Prudential staff during the War we are supporting three charity partners:

  • The Royal British Legion is the UK's leading service charity, providing care and support to serving members of the armed forces, veterans of all ages and their families.
  • The Invictus Games will celebrate through sporting achievement the journey to recovery of servicemen and women - both serving and veteran - from 14 nations. The Invictus Games will spotlight the sacrifices these men and women made serving their countries and their drive to overcome adversity.
  • The Woodland Trust will create four Remembrance Woods around the UK, creating more than 500 acres of new UK woodland by planting over three million trees.