Bank: London County & Westminster Bank
Place of work: London Lombard Street branch
Died: 28 August 1918
Bertrand George Ruffle was born on 25 November 1879. In March 1898, when he was 18 years old, he went to work for London & County Bank. He worked for 12 years at the bank's London Aldersgate Street branch, and later transferred to London Lombard Street branch. In 1909 London & County Bank merged with London & Westminster Bank, and Ruffle became an employee of the enlarged London County & Westminster Bank. He also joined the bank's staff sports club, where he was a member of the departmental tennis team which won the bank's Leaf Cup in 1913.
In August 1917 Ruffle left his job as a clerk at the bank's London Lombard Street branch to go on military service, becoming a Rifleman in the London Regiment. He was sent to France in July 1918, and was killed in action on 28 August 1918. He was 38 years old and left a widow and five children, three of whom subsequently became beneficiaries of the Bank Clerks' Orphanage, which helped to pay for the education of the children of deceased bank workers.
Bertrand Ruffle is commemorated on a bank war memorial at NatWest City of London office.
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