Clifford Bodle

Bank: London County & Westminster Bank

Place of work: Croydon branch

Died: 7 September 1916


Clifford Raymond Bodle was born in Worthing on 24 May 1891, the son of schoolmaster Edward Clifford Bodle - known as Clifford - and his wife Ada Florence. At school he excelled in maths and science, but also took a keen interest in sports, particularly rugby and swimming.


In July 1911, when he was 20 years old, Bodle went to work for London County & Westminster Bank. In July 1915, during the First World War, Bodle left his post as a clerk at the bank's Croydon branch to join the army, serving as a Private in the London Regiment. He was posted abroad in January 1916.


Private Bodle died in France on 7 September 1916. His obituary in the bank's staff magazine described him as 'a great favourite on account of his genial character, straightforward and manly ways'. He was 25 years old.


Clifford Bodle is commemorated on a bank war memorial at NatWest Croydon High Street branch.

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