Cecil Shackell

Bank: Westminster Bank

Place of work: London Threadneedle Street office

Died: 6 September 1942


Cecil Robert Frank Shackell, known to his bank colleagues as Bob, was born on 25 September 1920, the son of William and Iris Shackell. He joined the staff of Westminster Bank at its London Threadneedle Street office in December 1937. A colleague later recalled his character as 'quiet, unassuming and unusually sensitive.' Outside work he was an enthusiastic rugby player, and as soon as the Home Guard was formed in May 1940 he became an active member. 


In July 1941 he left the bank to go on war service, becoming a pilot in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Sergeant Shackell was killed when his plane crashed into cloud-covered high ground in Dumfriesshire on 6 December 1942. He was 22 years old.


Cecil Shackell is commemorated on a bank war memorial held at NatWest Group Archives.

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