Jack Sharp

Bank: National Provincial Bank of England

Place of work: Brixham branch

Died: 15 August 1916


Jack Richard Sharp was born in Islington, London, on 30 January 1895, the son of Charles Orchard Sharp, a newspaper editor, and his wife Louisa Eliza. In June 1911, when he was 16, Sharp began working for National Provincial Bank of England. He worked initially as an apprentice at its Bath branch, and transferred to Brixham branch in November 1911.


Sharp left his job at the bank to join the army on the 5 August 1914, the day after war was declared. His manager noted at the time that he was a 'hardworking and promising clerk [and] should do well if he returns to the Bank'. Sharp became a Bombardier in the Wessex Brigade, and in November 1914 he went to India, where he was stationed at Dinapore (modern day Danapur). He was reported drowned in the Persian Gulf on 15 August 1916 when serving as an Acting Bombardier in the Royal Field Artillery, attached to the Royal Engineers. He was 21 years old.

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