David Hanna

Bank: Parr’s Bank

Place of work: Teddington branch

Died: 24 June 1916


David Wishart Hanna was born in London on 19 December 1890, the younger son of Scottish parents James Wishart Hanna, a house decorator, and his wife Jane Cockburn Hanna. He was educated at Sloane School, after which he went to work for Parr's Bank. He worked for a time at the bank's London Lombard Street branch before transferring in March 1913 to its Teddington branch. He was also a member of the bank's staff sports club. Outside work, he was a member of the Boy Scout movement.


In October 1914 Hanna joined the army, initially as a Private in the Royal Fusiliers. He was commissioned into the same regiment the following month, and went to France with his battalion in May 1915. In September 1915 he was shot through the foot while out scouting in No Man's Land. The same bullet also wounded the man who was crawling behind him, striking him in the chest. Despite his own injury, Hanna helped the man back to the trench and saw him safely away to medical treatment before mentioning his own injury. He was mentioned in despatches by Field Marshall Sir John French, and awarded the Military Cross for his conduct. He was also subsequently promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.


Hanna was taken to hospital in Etaples, and subsequently transferred to Fishmongers' Hall Hospital at London Bridge. Although it was initially thought that his ankle was shattered, an X-ray proved the bone to be intact, but the nerve severed, and he underwent a successful nerve graft operation. He was sent to the Military Convalescent Home at Hythe, Kent, to continue his recovery. While there, because he could only walk with the support of a stick, he was allowed to use his motorcycle. He was riding it to nearby Ashford when he collided with an oncoming car on a sharp bend, breaking an arm and leg and sustaining a severe head injury, from which he died at Helena Hospital, Shorncliffe on 24 June 1916. He was 25 years old.


David Hanna is commemorated on a bank war memorial at NatWest Twickenham branch.

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Richard March 27 2023 3:21PM

David Wishart Hanna is commemorated on a family grave at plot BC.184.in North Sheen (Fulham New) Cemetery, Richmond.

The inscription is on a separate stone scroll on the grave of other members of the Wishart and Hanna families. 

It reads: 

In Loving Memory of


David Wishart Hanna M.C.

8th Service Bn Royal Fusiliers

Scout Master

7th Fulham Troop


Aged 25 Years

Modest and Brave”


An image of the family grave and memorial can be seen at https://www.surreyinthegreatwar.org.uk/person/117516 where links to more information about him can be found. 

He is also commemorated on the London and County Westminster and Parrs Bank Sports Club First World War memorial. Please see https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/805

He is also mentioned on the ‘Lives of the First World War’ website. Please see https://livesofthefirstworldwar.iwm.org.uk/lifestory/1537952