Bank: Union of London & Smiths Bank
Place of work: London Princes Street office
Died: 9 October 1917
Charles Alfred Roffey was born on 30 January 1888, the son of Alfred James Roffey and his wife Lizzie. He worked for Union of London & Smiths Bank and was a member of the bank's staff sports club.
During the First World War Roffey left his job at the bank's London Princes Street office to join the army, becoming a Private in the Honourable Artillery Company. He was killed in action in Belgium on 9 October 1917. He was 29 years old. He left a widow, Phillis Ida Victoria, whom he had married in February 1915, and a baby son, Eric Francis.
Charles Roffey is commemorated on a bank war memorial at NatWest City of London office and on another held at NatWest Group Archives.
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Mrs J A Evans November 11 2014 6:07PM
I was very moved and pleased to see my grandfather commemorated on the bank's website. He is commemorated on the wall at Tynecot Cemetery which has the names of many men who have no known grave who were killed at the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917.
Mike Roffey November 12 2014 1:26AM
Charles Roffey was my grandfather. Although not mentioned here, Charles had a son Eric Francis Roffey – born in August 1916 - my father. Charles’ brother Frank (10 years younger) emigrated to Australia and returned with the Australian Expeditionary forces and was killed in Gallipoli in the first days of fighting. We are very proud of them both.
NatWest Group Remembers team November 12 2014 8:54AM
Hi Mike, thank you for your comment. We didn't know that Charles and Phillis had a child - I've amended the biography to include him. Many thanks.
Mark Gardiner November 17 2016 8:56PM
Charles, along with his younger brother Frank, were both pupils at Whitgift Middle School, Croydon, and both of their names are commemorated on the Old Mid Whitgiftians' memorial at Trinity School, Shirley Park.