22 Apr 2011

Bank remembers staff who fought in world wars

4:38 pm on 22 April 2011

The Bank of New Zealand has held an early Anzac Day commemoration, in memory of the more than 1400 of its staff who fought in WWI and WWII.

A ceremony was held on Thursday to rededicate the plaques, which have been moved from the bank's former head office to its premises on Waterloo Quay in Wellington.

Of the employees who served in the two wars, 125 were killed.

Former BNZ deputy general manager and WWII veteran Viv Ansell says when he signed up to serve, the army wanted to put him in the pay corps, as he'd been a banker.

He refused, saying he wanted to be in the artillery so he could join friends in the artillery in the Middle East.

Mr Ansell says he was very touched by the rededication ceremony.