Secondly, Goulden argued that St Christopher (who was the patron saint of travellers), was a fitting subject ”for a memorial to those who proved themselves to be inspired by … self-sacrifice and love to nobly serve the highest cause”.
According to legend, St Christopher was an early Christian who dedicated his life to Jesus by helping travellers cross a dangerous river. One day, a child asked St Christopher to carry him across the river. The child seemed to grow heavier and heavier with every step. When the pair arrived on the opposite shore, the child identified himself as Christ and told St Christopher that he had just carried the weight of the world.
The war memorial was unveiled in 1921 and was funded by our Bank of England staff.
The money raised has also helped to fund a few more things – such as a memorial service at Southwark Cathedral, a hospital bed at St. Guy's Hospital and perhaps most notably, it led to the start of the Bank of England foundation - the St Christopher Health Fund
, which still operates today.