Alfred Cox

Bank: Westminster Bank

Place of work: London Threadneedle Street office

Died: 21 September 1944


Alfred Edwin Cox was born on 28 May 1921, the son of William Hugh and Sarah Louisa Cox. He joined the staff of Westminster Bank at its London Threadneedle Street office in June 1938. He was also a member of the bank's staff sports club.


Cox left the bank to join the army in June 1940, and in July 1941 received his commission in the Royal Norfolk Regiment. He was posted overseas that October, and was taken prisoner by the Japanese at Singapore in February 1942.


In September 1944 he was one of a number of prisoners being moved from a prison camp in Thailand to one in Japan when the ship on which they were travelling was torpedoed and sunk. Lieutenant Cox was among those killed. He was 23 years old. A fellow prisoner later reported that he had survived the sinking because Lieutenant Cox pulled him out of the ship's hold. 


Alfred Cox is commemorated on a bank war memorial held at NatWest Group Archives.

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