Samuel Knight

Bank: Westminster Bank

Place of work: Upper Brighton Wallasey branch

Died: 3 February 1945


Samuel Arthur Knight, known to his bank colleagues as Arthur, was born on 23 May 1904, the son of John and Annie Knight. He was educated at Sir John Deane's Grammar School, Northwich. 


In May 1921 Knight joined the staff of London County Westminster & Parr's Bank (later known as Westminster Bank) at its Northwich branch. He later served at Warrington branch, and in February 1938 was appointed First Clerk at Wallasey Upper Brighton branch. A bank colleague later recalled, 'Arthur Knight earned the affection and respect of his colleagues in the Bank by his quiet and unassuming personality. He was of an almost gentle disposition yet possessed of a keen and logical mind which gave him a complete grasp of his duties, a man whose industry had earned the prospect of a bright future in the Bank.'


In June 1942 Knight left the bank to go on war service, joining the Royal Artillery. He was posted overseas in April 1943, attached to the Indian Army. Lance Sergeant Knight was killed in action in Burma on 3 February 1945. He was 40 years old and left a widow, Doris, and three young children.


Samuel Knight is commemorated on a bank war memorial at NatWest Northwich branch, where his name is recorded as S Arthur Knight. 


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