James Melvin

Bank: National Bank of Scotland

Place of work: Biggar branch

Died: 11 April 1942


James Borrie Melvin was born on 22 May 1913. He joined the staff of National Bank of Scotland as an apprentice at its Dalkeith branch in April 1928. He later worked in branches at Edinburgh Tollcross and Biggar and also at head office on St Andrew Square, Edinburgh.


During the Second World War Melvin left his job at the bank's Biggar branch to go on military service, becoming a Flight Sergeant in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. He was killed on 11 April 1942 when his plane failed to return from an operation over the Dutch coast. He was 28 years old.


James Melvin is commemorated on a bank war memorial at Gogarburn campus, Edinburgh

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