Arthur Harding

Bank: Westminster Bank

Place of work: Uxbridge branch

Died: 9 July 1942


Arthur Gordon Edward Harding was born on 25 August 1913, the son of Arthur and Lucy Frances Lottie Harding. He joined the staff of Westminster Bank in January 1933 at its Wembley branch, and moved to the head office joint general managers’ department in 1934. He transferred to Uxbridge branch in September 1939. He was also a member of the bank's sports club.


In August 1940 Harding left the bank to join the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, soon earning his wings and commission and serving with Coastal Command. 


Pilot Officer Harding was killed during air operations on 9 July 1942, a month after his wife Anita, a Lance Serjeant in the Auxiliary Territorial Service, had also died on active service. He was 28 years old. 


Arthur Harding is commemorated on a bank war memorial at NatWest Uxbridge branch.

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