Andrew Boa


Bank: National Provincial Bank of England

Place of work: London Gray's Inn branch

Died: 1 February 1918


Andrew Boa was born in Great Thurlow Hall, Suffolk, on 25 February 1885, the eldest son of Andrew Boa and his wife Margaret (née Pender). Andrew Boa senior was land agent for the Hall's owner. Andrew Boa junior was educated at Framlingham College.


Boa went to work for National Provincial Bank of England, and by 1906 was a clerk in the bank's Great Yarmouth branch. While there, he met a local girl, Lilian Stangroom, whom he married in October 1910. Their daughter Mary was born in 1913, and their son Andrew in 1915.


By 1910 Boa had already been transferred to work for the bank in London, and in March 1916 he moved from head office law department to London Gray's Inn branch, where he served as branch accountant.


During the First World War Boa joined the army, serving as a Private, initially in the Royal Fusiliers and later in the Machine Gun Corps. He arrived in France on Christmas day 1917 and was wounded less than a fortnight later, on 5 January 1918. He died in Belgium on 1 February 1918. He was 32 years old.


Private Boa is commemorated on a bank war memorial held at NatWest Group Archives.


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