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BEDFORD, LONDON COUNTY & WESTMINSTER BANK WAR MEMORIAL

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There are two memorials within the NatWest Bank, High Street, Bedford. They are just inside the entrance of the Natwest bank on Bedford High Street. There are two names listed on each memorial.
Photographs Copyright © Andrew Dennision 2017

IN MEMORY OF THE FOLLOWING
MEMBERS OF THE STAFF OF THIS
BRANCH WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918

DUSSEE Arthur Norman
Photograph Copyright © RBS Remembers
Second Lieutenant, 4th Battalion attached to 19th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Died 1 July 1916. Aged 26. Son of Arthur Wilmot Dussee and Eleanor Frances Dussee, of Lee Terrace, Blackheath, London. Buried in BOUZINCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot I. Row A. Grave 11.

Extract from RBS Remembers:

Arthur Norman Dussee was born on 27 January 1890, the son of Arthur Wilmot Dussee and his wife Eleanor Frances. In January 1907, three days before his 17th birthday, he went to work for London & County Bank. He also joined the bank's sports club, where he was a keen hockey and cricket player. In 1909 London & County Bank merged with London & Westminster Bank, and Dussee became an employee of the enlarged London County & Westminster Bank.
In September 1914 Dussee left his job as a clerk at the bank's Bedford branch to join the army. In May 1915 he was commissioned into the Lancashire Fusiliers. Second Lieutenant Dussee died on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme. He was 26 years old.

MOUAT-BIGGS Eric
Second Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 3 May 1916. Buried at ALBERT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot I. Row D. Grave 15.

Extract from RBS Remembers:

Eric Mouat-Biggs was born in Cheltenham on 20 June 1896. In August 1914, when he was 18 years old, he went to work for London County & Westminster Bank.
In early 1915 Mouat-Biggs left his job as a clerk at the bank's Bedford branch in order to take up a place at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. He was later commissioned into the Lincolnshire Regiment. Second Lieutenant Mouat-Biggs was killed in action on the Western Front on 3 May 1916. He was 19 years old.

IN MEMORY OF THE FOLLOWING
MEMBERS OF THE STAFF OF THIS
BRANCH WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN
THE SECOND WORLD WAR 1939-1945
ROLFE Raymond Robert Seppings
Flight Sergeant 1180657, 161 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 19 March 1943 when his Halifax DG244 - MA-Y was lost without traceduring Operation VEGA 3, Norway. Aged 23. Birth registered in the July to September Quarter 1920 in Hendon Registration District, Middlesex. Son of Seppings Rolfe, and of Alice Mary Rolfe, of Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 139. See also Tempsford Crew Losses 1943
WELCH Douglas Harold
Warrant Officer (Pilot) 1318580, 427 (R.C.A.F.) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 22 October 1943. Aged 22. Son of Harold and Beatrice Eleanor Welch, of Ampthill; husband of Blanche Matilda Welch. Buried in AMPTHILL (ST. ANDREW) CHURCHYARD, Bedfordshire. Section 2. Row R. Grave 5. See also Bedford Modern School and Ampthill St. Andrew

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