Bank: London County & Westminster Bank
Place of work: Head Office, London
Died: 16 November 1916
Rennie Stephenson was born on 30 March 1884, the son of Reuben and Fannie Stowe Stephenson. In December 1902 he went to work for London & Westminster Bank at its London City office. In August 1909 he was transferred to the bank's head office. That same month London & Westminster Bank merged with London & County Bank, and Stephenson became an employee of the enlarged London County & Westminster Bank.
Stephenson was a talented athlete, and a prominent member of the bank's staff sports club. He served as honorary secretary of the rugby club, and later as assistant honorary secretary of the sports club. He played for the bank's first XV rugby team, and also participated in cricket, tennis and boxing.
At the outbreak of the First World War Stephenson joined the Royal Fusiliers. Within weeks he became an non-commissioned officer, and was later commissioned into the same regiment, eventually rising to the rank of Lieutenant.
Lieutenant Stephenson was killed in action in France on 16 November 1916. He was 32 years old. His obituary in the bank's staff magazine noted that 'with his rather long face, keen grey eyes and a deep forehead, he was a man of much ability and a born leader of men... He had a great zest in life, with an almost Puritanic conception of right and wrong, and neither friend nor argument could deflect him from what he considered was the right course. He was an Englishman that England had every reason to be proud of, and it will be a bad day for England if his type ever die out.'
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Dr James Ritchie September 20 2016 7:02PM
Thank you so much for placing this memorial on your website. Rennie Stephenson was my Great Uncle, the brother of my grandfather. I would very much like to have a copy of his photograph (as none seem to have survived in the family), and if possible, a copy of his obituary in the staff magazine - I would of course be happy to pay for any associated copying costs. Please would you let be know if that be possible? Many thanks, and once again thank you for placing the memorial on your website.
NatWest Group Remembers team September 23 2016 12:36PM
Thanks for your comment James. We'll be glad to provide a copy of the image and obituary, and will contact you by email about it.