Clifford Black

Bank: Coutts & Co

Place of work: London Strand office

Died: 3 February 1943


Clifford Robertson Black was born on 20 November 1909, the son of Kezia and Ernest Black. He worked as a clerk at Coutts & Co, London.


During the Second World War Black left the bank to go on active service in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. After a year of training in England he was commissioned and obtained his Air Observer Wings. By 1943 he held the rank of Pilot Officer. On the night of 3rd February 1943, when he was stationed with the Coastal Command operational training unit at Crosby on Eden he was ordered on a flight over the Atlantic in search of a submarine. Pilot Officer Black and his pilot crashed in North Wales and were killed. He was 33 years old and left a widow, Vera, whom he had married in 1940.


Clifford Black is commemorated on a bank memorial at Coutts & Co, London 440 Strand.

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