John Evans

Bank: Westminster Bank

Place of work: London Lombard Street office

Died: 7 October 1943


John Henry Evans was born on 17 March 1920, the only son of Dorothy and Henry John Evans. He joined the staff of Westminster Bank in August 1937, and in 1939 moved to its London Lombard Street office. He was also a member of the bank's staff sports club. A bank colleague later recalled, 'tall and bright-looking, he was a fine young man.'


Outside work Evans was a territorial soldier, and at the outbreak of war in September 1939 he was called to active service in the Royal Artillery. Bombardier Evans served in France and was part of the evacuation from Dunkirk in 1940. He was later posted to the Far East, where he was taken prisoner by the Japanese in Singapore in February 1942. He was sent to work on railway-building in Thailand, where he fell ill with dysentery and died on 7 October 1943. He was 23 years old. 


John Evans is commemorated on a bank war memorial at NatWest City of London office.

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