Alan Doyle

Bank: Westminster Bank

Place of work: London West End branch

Died: 25 May 1944


Alan Nichols Doyle was born on 11 January 1911, the son of Elizabeth Florence and Clement Needham Doyle. He was educated at Colet Court and St Paul's School, and joined the staff of Westminster Bank in January 1929. In August 1939 he transferred to the bank's London West End office, having previously served at its Chiswick, Brompton Square, Richmond and Piccadilly branches.


Outside work Doyle was a keen rugby player, playing for his school's old boys' team. He was also a talented golfer. He played for Mid-Surrey and, in his first year in the bank, won the bank's staff Golf Cup. He was a member of the bank's staff sports club. From 1935 he was a volunteer soldier, a member of the Westminster Dragoons. 


Doyle was called to active service at the outbreak of the Second World War, and early in 1940 was commissioned in the Royal Tank Regiment. Lieutenant Doyle was subsequently seconded to the Indian Engineers, and it was in India that he died of heat stroke on 25 May 1944. He was 33 years old and left a widow, Denise, whom he had married in 1935, and two young sons. 


Alan Doyle is commemorated on a bank war memorial at NatWest London St James & Piccadilly branch.


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