Gerald Edwards

Bank: London County & Westminster Bank

Place of work: London Euston Road branch

Died: 9 June 1917


Gerald John Edwards was born in Brixton, London, on 10 February 1883, the second son of Herbert Edwards. He was educated at United Westminster Schools.


In May 1900, when he was 17 years old, Edwards went to work for London & County Bank. The same year he joined the Territorial Force, serving in the City of London Volunteer Artillery. In 1907 he was commissioned into The Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) (later part of the London Regiment), rising to the rank of Captain in 1911. During his banking career he worked in several London branches, including Blackheath, Newington and Euston Road.


At the beginning of the First World War Edwards was mobilised with his battalion, leaving his job at the bank's London Euston Road branch to go on active service. In autumn 1916 he was attached to the King's Royal Rifle Corps as senior company commander.


Captain Edwards died at a casualty clearing station in France on 9 June 1917 of wounds received in action. He was 34 years old and left a widow, Jean Margaret, whom he had married in May 1905.


Gerald Edwards is commemorated on a bank war memorial at NatWest London Tavistock Square branch.



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