Peter Brodie

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Peter Brodie

Bank: London County & Westminster Bank

Place of work: London Eastern branch

Died: 12 August 1916

 

Peter Bellinger Brodie was born on 19 July 1881, the son of Robert Brodie, a schoolmaster, and his wife Emma Betsey Brodie. On 1 June 1898, when he was 16 years old, Brodie went to work for London & Westminster Bank. He initially joined the bank as a junior at its London City office. In 1899 he was appointed a teller there, and in 1904, a crediting clerk.

In 1909 London & Westminster Bank merged with London & County Bank, and Brodie became an employee of the enlarged London County & Westminster Bank. At the beginning of 1914 he was transferred to the bank's London Eastern branch.

Brodie was a keen sportsman, and played in the London & Westminster Bank staff rugby team for 14 consecutive seasons, including two as team captain. He also played rugby for Surrey, and was an enthusiastic golfer.

Early in the First World War Brodie left the bank to go on active service in the army. By the time of his death in 1916 he was a Second Lieutenant in The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment), attached to the Imperial Camel Corps. He died as the result of an accident on active service in Egypt on 12 August 1916. He was 35 years old.

After news of Brodie's death arrived back at the bank, the staff magazine noted that 'there is a sad memorial of Brodie now upon the slate in the skittle alley [at the staff sports club] at Norbury. It is the score of the last handicap held, and the duster has never rubbed it off'.

 

 

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