Derrick Bichard

Bank: Westminster Bank

Place of work: London Bowes Park branch

Died: 29 December 1944


Derrick Gordon Bichard was born on 3 April 1924, the son of Herbert Nicholas and Violet Bichard. He joined the temporary wartime staff of Westminster Bank in March 1940, shortly before his 16th birthday. He worked initially at the bank's London Palmers Green branch, before transferring to Bowes Park branch in August 1941. 


Bichard later left the bank to go on war service, becoming a Leading Aircraftman in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. On 29 December 1944 he was one of nine ground crew killed in an explosion caused by a bomb being accidentally dropped while they were loading up a Lancaster bomber. He was 20 years old.  


Derrick Bichard is commemorated on a bank war memorial at NatWest Wood Green branch

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