Richard West

Bank: Westminster Bank

Place of work: Scunthorpe branch

Died: 11 March 1943


Richard Granville West, known to his bank colleagues as Dick, was born on 14 January 1910, the son of Frank Oldershaw West, a gunmaker and dealer, and his wife Mary Jane. He joined the staff of Westminster Bank at its Doncaster branch in January 1927. In April 1933 he transferred to Goole branch, and then in 1940, to Scunthorpe. Outside work he was a keen gardener and the secretary of Goole Historical Association. 


In September 1941 West left the bank to go on war service, joining the Royal Navy and training as a telegraphist. Ordinary Telegraphist West was killed when his ship, HMS Harvester, was torpedoed by a German submarine in the mid-Atlantic on 11 March 1943. He was 33 years old and left a widow, Mary.


Richard West is commemorated on a bank war memorial at NatWest Scunthorpe branch.

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