Edmond Forde

Bank: The National Bank

Place of work: Bristol branch

Died: 16 February 1944


Edmond Gerard Forde was born on 7 April 1918, the son of Edmond and Grace Forde. In May 1937 he went to work for The National Bank as a probationer at its Bristol branch. 


Outside work Forde was a territorial soldier. At the outbreak of war in September 1939 he was called up for full time military service with his regiment, the East Surreys. As early as February 1939 he had sought to volunteer for the Royal Air Force, and in September 1941 he was at last transferred to that service, training as a wireless operator and air gunner.


Pilot Officer Forde was reported missing during a raid on Berlin and presumed killed in action on 16 February 1944. He was 25 years old and left a widow, Freda, whom he had married the previous year.


Edmond Forde is commemorated on a bank war memorial at 250 Bishopsgate, London.  

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