Bank: Union of London & Smiths Bank
Place of work: London Princes Street office
Died: 30 April 1916
Leslie Edward Frederick Matthews was born in Battersea, London, on 9 June 1894, the son of Edward Matthews, a commercial traveller, and his wife Elizabeth Louisa. After finishing his education he initially worked as a merchant's clerk, but by 1912 was working for Union of London & Smiths Bank at its London Princes Street office. He was also a member of the bank's staff sports club, and played for the bank's football team.
During the First World War Matthews joined the army, serving as a Rifleman in the London Regiment. He arrived in France in August 1915, and was killed on the Western Front on 30 April 1916. He was 21 years old.
Leslie Matthews is commemorated on a bank war memorials at NatWest City of London office and on another held at NatWest Group Archives, on which his first initial is wrongly given as T.
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