Richard Phillips

RBS remembers 1914-1918



Richard Phillips

Bank: National Provincial Bank of England

Place of work: Cardiff branch

Died: 27 August 1917

 

Richard Glyndwr Phillips was born on 25 March 1887, the son of Llewellyn Phillips, a farmer, and his wife Hetty. In September 1905, when he was 18 years old, Phillips went to work for National Provincial Bank of England as an apprentice at its Newport, Monmouth branch. After completing his three-year apprenticeship he remained there as a clerk until March 1910, when he moved to Pontypridd branch. He moved again in June 1910 to Pontypool branch; in September 1910 to Sheffield branch; in June 1913 to Ebbw Vale branch; and in November 1914 to Cardiff branch. His manager there described him as 'Frank, fearless, outspoken manner. He strikes me as being possessed of considerable shrewdness of character...On a short acquaintance he impresses me as being a clerk of a good deal of promise.'

During the First World War Phillips left his job at the bank to join the army, and by 1917 was serving as a Lieutenant in the Royal Garrison Artillery. He was killed in Belgium on 27 August 1917. He was 30 years old.

 

 

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