Ronald Harrison

RBS remembers 1914-1918



Ronald Harrison

Bank: National Provincial Bank of England

Place of work: London Holloway branch

Died: 18 September 1916

Ronald Harrison was born on 16 December 1880, the son of George Harrison, a clerk in National Provincial Bank of England, and his wife Clara.

Harrison's elder brother William went to work for their father's bank in 1893, and in September 1898 17-year-old Ronald followed the same path, starting as an apprentice at the bank's London office. Three years later, upon completion of his apprenticeship, he transferred to London Holloway branch as a clerk. In 1904 he received a special commendation from the bank's directors for spotting a forgery in the course of his work.

Harrison moved to London Piccadilly branch in February 1907, then back to Holloway in October 1914, this time as the branch accountant. He was also a member of the bank's staff sports club.

During the First World War Harrison joined the army. By 1916 he was a Second Lieutenant in the Queen's Westminster Rifles, the London Regiment. He was killed in France on 18 September 1916. He was 35 years old. His brother William, who had also joined the army but was serving in a different regiment, had died of wounds the previous day.

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