Reginald Pickard

RBS remembers 1914-1918



Reginald Pickard

Bank: National Provincial Bank of England

Place of work: Swansea branch

Died: 2 March 1917

 

Reginald Gilbert Pickard was born on 26 December 1888, the son of William Jasper Pickard, a bank worker, and his wife Ellen.

In June 1905, when he was 16 years old, Pickard started work in his father's bank, National Provincial Bank of England, as an apprentice at its Stokes Croft branch, where his father was manager. Three years later, after completing his apprenticeship, he moved to Monmouth branch as a clerk in November 1908. In February 1911 he moved to Bute Docks branch, and in March 1914 to Swansea branch. In the same year he passed the final examination of the Institute of Bankers. His manager at Swansea described him as 'a very intelligent officer, well up to his work', and recommended him for promotion to a cashiership.

During the First World War Pickard left his job at the bank to join the army, and by 1917 was serving as a Second Lieutenant in the Welsh Regiment. He died of wounds received in action in France on 2 March 1917. He was 28 years old.

 

 

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