Douglas Cox

RBS remembers 1914-1918



Douglas Cox

Bank: London County & Westminster Bank

Place of work: London West End office

Died: 17 May 1915

Douglas Weld Cox was born on 27 November 1879, the son of Henry Poore Cox and his wife Augusta Anne.

In May 1900, when he was 20 years old, Cox left his post at the Mazawattee Tea Co in Eastcheap, London, to take a job with London & Westminster Bank. He was originally appointed as a teller at the bank's London City office, before serving briefly as teller at London Hammersmith branch. In November 1900 he was appointed teller at London Westminster branch. In 1909 London & Westminster Bank merged with London & County Bank, and Cox became an employee of the enlarged London County & Westminster Bank. In May 1914 he moved to its London West End office.

In September 1914 Cox left the bank to take up a commission in the Suffolk Regiment. Having joined up without the bank's permission, he was officially removed from its staff lists.

Lieutenant Cox was captured during fighting in Belgium on 10 May 1915, 12 days after arriving at the Front. He died in a German hospital in Belgium on 17 May 1915. He was 35 years old. At the request of his father Henry, the bank agreed to reinstate Cox to the staff books, making his family eligible for a payment from the bank's life insurance fund.

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