William Kirkpatrick

Bank: Westminster Bank

Place of work: Douglas branch

Died: 3 July 1943


William George Kirkpatrick was born on 23 June 1922, the son of William and Elizabeth Kirkpatrick. He joined the temporary wartime staff of Westminster Bank at its Douglas, Isle of Man branch in February 1940.


He later left the bank to go on war service, receiving a commission in the Indian Army in March 1942. He was posted to the Royal Gurkha Rifles, and by early 1943 was serving on the Assam-Burma border. In late April 1943 he was captured by the Japanese and taken to the concentration camp at Maymyo. He had been seriously injured during his capture, and while in captivity suffered torture which worsened his state still further. Lieutenant Kirkpatrick died in Rangoon Central Jail on 3 July 1943. He was 21 years old.


William Kirkpatrick is commemorated on a bank war memorial at NatWest Douglas Athol Street branch.


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