Wilfred Pepper

Bank: London County & Westminster Bank

Place of work: Farnborough branch

Died: 1 January 1917


Wilfred Charles Vivian Pepper was born on 22 August 1896, the son of Wilfred Pepper and his wife Kate. He was educated at Hornsey County School.


In 1913, on his 17th birthday, Pepper went to work for London County & Westminster Bank. He initially worked at the bank's London Lombard Street branch, before being transferred to its London Temple Bar branch. He later worked in a number of suburban branches in London, before transferring to Farnborough branch. He also joined the bank's staff sports club. He was a keen footballer and swimmer.


In November 1915 Pepper left the bank to join the army. He initially served in The Buffs (East Kent Regiment), rising to the rank of Lance-Corporal. In August 1916 Pepper put himself forward for service in a new battalion of the London Regiment, which was about to go to France, in the hope that in so doing he could save a married man with children from having to go. His offer was eventually accepted, and he became a Private in the London Regiment.


Pepper was killed in action by a shell in Belgium on 1 January 1917, and was buried by his comrades in a village just behind the firing line. He was 20 years old. A platoon friend subsequently wrote to his brother: 'I should like to tell you how universally popular your brother was, not only in this battalion but also in the 'Buffs'. He was a splendid fellow and real good company. He is sorely missed by us all.'


Wilfred Pepper is commemorated on a bank war memorial at NatWest Farnborough Hampshire branch.


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