Harold Wilson

Bank: London County & Westminster Bank

Place of work: London Balham branch

Died: 5 September 1918


Harold Wilson was born on 12 January 1888. In March 1906, when he was 18 years old, Wilson went to work for London & County Bank. In 1909 London & County Bank merged with London & Westminster Bank and Wilson became an employee of the enlarged London County & Westminster Bank. He was also a member of the bank's staff sports club, and played for the staff third XI football team.


At the beginning of the First World War Wilson left his job at the bank's London Balham branch to join the army. He joined the London Regiment, but was forced to undergo a minor operation which prevented him from being posted to France with them until July 1916. He was commissioned in early 1917. Later that year, he was invalided out of the army suffering from shellshock, but he later re-enlisted, returning to active service in April 1918.


Second Lieutenant Harold Wilson of the London Regiment was killed in action in France on 5 September 1918. He was 30 years old and left a widow, Muriel, whom he had married in April 1918.

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