Derek Codd

Bank: Westminster Bank

Place of work: London Paddington (Marble Arch) branch

Died: 30 September 1943


Derek Ernest Codd was born on 4 September 1913, the son of Ernest Alfred and Marian Morris Codd. He was educated at St Paul's School and joined the staff of Westminster Bank at its London Paddington (Marble Arch) branch in June 1933. Outside work he was a keen sportsman and a member of the bank's staff sports club. He won the bank's fives championship in 1936 and was a member of the bank's first cricket XI. A bank colleague later recalled, 'In all he did he gave of his best with a reserve and quiet efficiency which endeared him to all with whom he came into contact.'


In July 1940 Codd left the bank to go on war service, becoming a Gunner in the Royal Artillery. He was taken prisoner in Burma, and died while a prisoner of war on 30 September 1943. He was 30 years old and left a widow, Eileen Mary, whom he had married in 1940.


Derek Codd is commemorated on a bank war memorial held at NatWest Group Archives.


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