Godfrey Spriddell

Bank: Westminster Bank

Place of work: London Aldwych branch

Died: 6 April 1943


Godfrey Trevelyan Spriddell was born in Southampton on 9 March 1911, the son of Francis Godfrey and Ethel Florence Spriddell. He was educated at King Edward VI School, Southampton, and joined the staff of Westminster Bank in April 1928. From February 1936 he was based at London Aldwych branch and was, a branch colleague later recalled, 'one of the most popular and gifted members of the staff at Aldwych, and it was considered by all who came in contact with him that he would go far in the bank.'


In March 1939 Spriddell joined a territorial battalion of the Royal Armoured Corps. He was mobilised at the outbreak of war in September. He was posted to North Africa in October 1941 and took part in several battles in the region. Early in 1943 he was awarded the Military Medal. Shortly afterwards, on 6 April 1943, Warrant Officer (Staff Sergeant Major) Spriddell was killed in action at the battle of Wadi Akarit. He was 32 years old and left a widow, Phyllis, whom he had married in 1939.


Godfrey Spriddell is commemorated on a bank war memorial at NatWest London Fleet Street branch.

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