Bank: London County & Westminster Bank
Place of work: Westerham branch
Died: 18 September 1916
Richard Heathcote Blackaby was born in Stow-on-the-Wold on 9 May 1891, the son of the Reverend Frederick Edward Blackaby, a Baptist minister, and his wife Julia. He was educated at Witney Grammar School.
In May 1908, on his 17th birthday, Blackaby went to work for London & County Bank. The following year London & County Bank merged with London & Westminster Bank, and Blackaby became an employee of the enlarged London County & Westminster Bank.
In February 1916 Blackaby left his job as a clerk at the bank's Westerham branch to join the army, serving as a Private in The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). He was posted to France in June that year, and died at a casualty clearing station there on 18 September 1916, of wounds received in action on the Somme. He was 25 years old.
Richard Blackaby is commemorated on a bank war memorial at NatWest Sevenoaks branch.
Leave your message of remembrance
If you want to leave a message of remembrance for this fallen member of our staff please send us an email.
Please note that we review every comment before publishing it to make sure that it doesn't breach our posting guidelines so it sometimes takes a day or two for your comments to appear.