Arthur Dodd

Bank: Westminster Bank

Place of work: New Ferry branch

Died: 19 July 1943


Arthur Geoffrey Dodd, known to his bank colleagues as Geoffrey, was born on 4 May 1913, the son of Arthur Robert and Nellie Godson Dodd. He was educated at Dean Close, Cheltenham, and joined the staff of Westminster Bank at its Birkenhead branch in August 1929. In July 1939 he transferred to New Ferry branch. 


Outside work he was an enthusiastic sportsman, playing hockey, tennis, badminton and golf. He was also a territorial soldier, and was already a commissioned officer in a field regiment of the Royal Artillery before the outbreak of the Second World War. 


At the outbreak of war Dodd left the bank to go on full time military service. He was posted overseas in 1940, and was involved in the evacuation from Dunkirk, spending many hours on the beaches before getting his men away on a trawler. In 1942 he was posted to Egypt, and then to Sicily. 


Captain Dodd was killed in action in Sicily on 19 July 1943. He was 30 years old. His obituary in the bank's staff magazine noted, 'Geoffrey Dodd, a fine character, will always be remembered for his high standard of loyalty and never-failing good humour and willingness.'

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