MARTINS BANK LIMITED
Staff Manager’s Department
To the Staff
Ladies and Gentlemen
It is a pleasure to write again on matters relating to the personal side of the life of the Bank. You are all aware that since my last letter a number of the Administrative Departments hitherto under the one roof at Water Street have been dispersed. Thus it falls to the lot of Head Office members to experience the sense of isolation from their colleagues which many of you know so well.
Although the past few months have been free from serious nocturnal bombing, much has happened in the domestic life of the Bank and the number of men who have left or who are shortly to leave for service with the Armed Forces has risen from 550 to 1000. The good wishes of those who remain, accompany our colleagues as they go to take up their duties in His Majesty's Forces and all share the hope that their return to the Bank and to their home circles will not be long delayed. It has been good to hear from one and another of their experiences. In the course of a letter from Raymond Usher, formerly of the North Eastern District Office and now in the Middle East, he tells of how on one occasion whilst sitting in the Mess he was a silent listener to a dissertation on the architectural merits of the new Head Office building. An interesting letter was recently received from E.D.R.Whittaker, formerly of Guildford, now in Iceland. In describing the conditions there he referred to the fact that they had had several weeks of hot sunshine all through the 24 hours of every day.
News of a disastrous character also reaches us from time to time. In addition to those announced in previous letters, the following have been reported missing:-
H.W. Warwick of Millfield
Norman Baron of Blackpool
F.J.Pinnoll of London (Bank Messenger).
You will be sorry to learn that A. Westall of Barnoldswick is wounded though not seriously, and is a Prisoner of War. W.F.Surtees of Dunston is also a Prisoner of War.
The sympathy of all will be extended to the relatives of the following who have lost their lives on service:-
C.F. Mann of Lombard Street (who was drowned whilst on leave)
P.H. Reay of North Shields,
and also to the family of Miss E Dodgson of Gallowgate. During an air raid, her house received a direct hit and Miss Dodgson was so seriously hurt that she died a few days later on the 6th instant. Her sister was killed outright and her father seriously hurt. Her mother escaped injury.
It is a pleasure to record that the following have recently received decorations:
Norman Baron of Blackpool - Distinguished Flying Medal,
Frank Stott of Miles Platting - Distinguished Flying Medal,
J.A.W. Wagland of London - Distinguished Flying Cross.
Young Baron was notified of his award only a month before he was reported missing.
In turning to affairs at home, it is a particular pleasure to me that is has been possible to maintain the period of rest leave through the Summer. These welcome breaks, and the comparative quiet of the nights must have had a beneficial effect on health and morale. Many have taken advantage of the facilities available at the Ambleside Rest House, and it is clear that the favourable reports of those who have stayed there have influenced others to visit. Much interest has been shown in the venture, even outside the Bank. Colonel Howarth, who is a customer at Ambleside Branch) has invited members of the staff staying at the Rest House to make use of the garden at his home. This is a gracious offer, and is especially appreciated as the Bank house lacks a garden.
The presentation to Mr Jopling took place in the Board Room at Head Office on 6th August and was made by Mr Furniss. Mr Jopling chose a Crown Derby Tea Set, and a canteen of silver. Mr Furniss and Mr McKendrick spoke in felicitous terms of Mr Jopling’s work and of the affectionate regard in which he was held. I have recently heard from Mr Jopling, who is at present in Edinburgh, and in the course of his letter he says:
“Please convey to the Staff my warmest thanks for their loyal co-operation at all times, and for the numerous expressions of good wishes which are embodied in the magnificent gifts which I shall always treasure”.
It is a pleasure to offer a welcome to those who have recently joined the Staff on a temporary basis for the period of the War. I am confident I voice the opinion of all in saying that I hope they will be happy whilst they are with us and that they will find pleasure and satisfaction in their work.