Ian Geddes

Bank: Westminster Bank

Place of work: London Earl's Court branch

Died: 12 November 1942


Ian Kinnear Geddes was born on 5 January 1916, the son of William and Christina Geddes. He joined the staff of Westminster Bank in September 1933, and from March 1935 was based at the bank's London Earl's Court branch. Outside work he was a keen sportsman, and played water polo at international standard. 


Shortly after the outbreak of the Second World War Geddes left the bank to go on military service, initially in the Royal Army Service Corps. He served in Flanders, and was evacuated from Dunkirk in 1940. The following year he was commissioned in the East Surrey Regiment. His Colonel there referred to him as 'an officer of tireless energy and ability.'


Lieutenant Geddes was killed in action in North Africa, where he was serving as a Battalion Intelligence Officer, on 12 November 1942. He was 26 years old and left a widow, Kathleen, and a young daughter.


Ian Geddes is commemorated on a bank war memorial at NatWest London South Kensington Station branch.


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