Edward Squires

Bank: Coutts & Co

Place of work: London Strand office

Died: 18 August 1916


Edward Constable Squires was born in 1888, the son of Edward Constable Squires and his wife Ann Eliza. In September 1908 he went to work for Coutts & Co in London.


Outside work Squires was a territorial soldier, a member of the 15th (Civil Service Rifles) Battalion of the London Regiment from January 1913. He was mobilised at the outbreak of war in 1914, leaving his job in the bank's securities department to go on active service. He was subsequently commissioned into the West Yorkshire Regiment, and by 1916 held the rank of Captain.


Captain Squires was killed in an early morning attack on Maltz Horn Ridge, France, on 18 August 1916. He was 27 years old and left a widow, Gertrude, whom he had married the previous December. He was posthumously awarded the Military Cross for his conduct during fighting on 23-24 July 1916.


Edward Squires is commemorated on a bank war memorial at Coutts & Co, London 440 Strand.

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