Arthur Widdop

Bank: Manchester & Liverpool District Banking Co

Place of work: Ulverston branch

Died: 30 September 1918


Arthur Norman Widdop was born in Poulton on 12 February 1889, the son of Arthur Widdop, a confectioner, and his wife Ruth Ann. He was brought up in Morecambe and educated at Lancaster Royal Grammar School, where he played cricket and rugby.


In March 1907, shortly after his 18th birthday, he went to work for Lancaster Banking Co as a junior in its Ulverston branch. When the bank was acquired by Manchester & Liverpool District Banking Co later that year, he became an employee of the larger bank, still at Ulverston. He was promoted to a clerkship in 1911.


In June 1916 Widdop left the bank to join the army, initially in the London Regiment. He was later commissioned into The Buffs (East Kent Regiment), and by 1918 held the rank of Lieutenant. He was killed in action in France on 30 September 1918. He was 29 years old and left a widow, Irene, and one child.

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