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LEWIS , Sir ALFRED (EDWARD) ( 1868 - 1940 ), banker ;

b. at Birmingham 2 Aug. 1868 , son of John Lewis , Welsh Calvinistic Methodist minister there, and educated at King Edward's School . He entered the Birmingham and Midlands bank in 1884 , and afterwards became assistant-manager of the New Street branch of the Midland bank there. In 1910 he became general manager of the Bradford District bank , which in 1919 was amalgamated with the National Provincial bank , of which Lewis became chief general manager in 1924 and deputy-chairman in 1934 . He was knighted in 1921 ( K.B.E. 1931 ), and was honorary LL.D. of Birmingham ( 1930 ) and of Wales ( 1935 ), and served on many public bodies , including the Council of the National Library of Wales . His wife ( 1897 ) was Mary Roberts , of Leeds . He d. 21 Feb. 1940 .

His brother, HUGH LEWIS ( 1866 - 1937 ), b. 26 Dec. 1866 , and also educated at King Edward's School , became prominent in the world of insurance. At 23 he was manager of the Birmingham branch of the Northern Assurance Co. , and when ( 1906 ) this was merged with the Liverpool and London and Globe Co. , he became one of the London managers — in 1921 , he was appointed general manager ; he was also general manager of the Japan Assurance Co. , formed to deal with the situation after the Japanese earthquake of 1923 . A governor of the London School of Economics , he was sheriff of Anglesey in 1934-5 . He took great interest in flying , and at 50 obtained his pilot 's certificate. His wife ( 1891 ), Grace Mary Edmunds , was the daughter of William Edmunds (see Edmunds , Mary Anne ), by his second marriage. He d. at Birkenhead 8 March 1937 .

Author:

Sources:

  • Who was who? ;
  • H. Withers , National Provincial Bank, 1833 to 1933 (London, 1933) ;
  • family information.

Author:

Edward Morgan Humphreys, O.B.E., M.A., (1882-1955), Caernarfon

Published date: 1959