Walter Read

Bank: London County & Westminster Bank

Place of work: Head Office, London

Died: 1 July 1916


Walter Simmons Read was born on 1 May 1891. In May 1910, shortly after his 19th birthday, he left his job at the London & Lancashire Fire Insurance Company and went to work for London County & Westminster Bank.


As soon as war broke out in August 1914 Read left his job as a clerk at the bank's London head office to go on military service. By 1916 he was a Lance Corporal in the London Regiment, on active service in France. He was killed on 1 July 1916, during an attack on Gommecourt on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. He was 25 years old.

Leave your message of remembrance

If you want to leave a message of remembrance for this fallen member of our staff please send us an email.

Please note that we review every comment before publishing it to make sure that it doesn't breach our posting guidelines so it sometimes takes a day or two for your comments to appear.