William Harrison

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William Harrison

Bank: National Provincial Bank of England

Place of work: Liverpool branch

Died: 17 September 1916

William Harrison was born on 20 June 1876, the son of George Harrison, a clerk in National Provincial Bank of England, and his wife Clara. In September 1893, when he was 17 years old, Harrison went to work for his father's bank at its London office. His younger brother Ronald also later joined the bank. Both brothers became members of the bank's staff sports club.

After completing his apprenticeship, Harrison moved to the bank's London St Martin's Le Grand branch. In July 1904 he transferred to London Lincoln's Inn branch. In December 1910 he was appointed branch accountant at Deal, and in October 1912 he became assistant accountant at the much larger Liverpool branch. The following year, he became accountant there. In 1914 his manager described him as assiduous, clever and energetic, and suggested he would make an excellent branch inspector.

During the First World War Harrison joined the army, and by 1916 was serving as a Lieutenant in The King's (Liverpool Regiment). He was injured in France and died of his wounds on 17 September 1916. He was 40 years old. The following day his younger brother Ronald, who had also joined the army but was serving in a different regiment, was killed in action.

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