Cyril Elliott

Bank: Parr’s Bank

Place of work: London Bartholomew Lane office

Died: 28 June 1915


Cyril Charles Elliott was born in Kent in 1892, the son of William Matthew Elliot, a railway clerk, and his wife Ada Martha. From about 1912 he worked for Parr's Bank. He also joined the bank's staff sports club.


Two days after the outbreak of the First World War, Elliot became one of the first men from the bank to volunteer to join the army, leaving his job in London Bartholomew Lane office to become a Rifleman in the London Regiment. He went to the Front in March 1915. On 21 June 1915 he was severely injured by a high explosive shell. While in hospital, he wrote to his bank colleagues, as the staff magazine later recalled: 'Elliott himself wrote three days before his death saying 'he was absolutely as well as could be expected, and he hoped to be sent back to England in a few days,' but his friends have since heard his case was an extremely grave one from the first, and that our brave and thoughtful colleague had been endeavouring to keep the seriousness of his condition from his parents as long as possible.'


Rifleman Cyril Charles Elliot died in hospital in Boulogne on 28 June 1915. He was 22 years old. His obituary in the staff magazine noted that his 'constancy, together with his solicitude for others … made him so very popular, and although he had only been in the service about two years, he leaves many friends who sadly mourn his loss.'


Cyril Elliot is commemorated on a bank war memorial held at NatWest Group Archives.

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