John Park

Bank: Commercial Bank of Scotland

Place of work: Head Office, Edinburgh

Died: 28 September 1942


John Park first went to work for Commercial Bank of Scotland as an apprentice at its Newmilns branch in May 1934. Upon completing his apprenticeship three years later he remained there as a clerk. He transferred to Kilmarnock branch the following year, and to Edinburgh Haymarket branch in September 1939. Two months later he moved to the bank's head office, where he worked in the correspondence department. 


In January 1940 Park left the bank to go on war service, becoming a Corporal in the Royal Army Service Corps. He was reported missing in April 1941, but eight months later, on Boxing Day, news was received that he was a prisoner of war in Italy.


On the night of 11 September 1942 Park was one of twelve prisoners who escaped through a tunnel from prisoner of war camp 59 at Servigliano. He was, however, unwell at the time of the escape, and was later recaptured. He died of pneumonia in solitary confinement at the camp on 28 September 1942. He was 27 years old. 


John Park is commemorated on a bank war memorial at Gogarburn campus, Edinburgh

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