John Hewitt: Career with Barclays in Norfolk and Suffolk

In a banking career spanning five decades, John Hewitt, who has died peacefully aged 91 at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, had worked at Barclays branches throughout Norfolk and Suffolk.

He was manager of the bank's branches at Heacham, Cromer, and Harleston, where he had previously served as ledger clerk, cashier and manager's assistant. He was a founder member of the town's Probus Club.

Born John Walter Hewitt at Redenhall, near Harleston, he was a farmer's son. In his journal, From Country Lad to Bank Manager, he recalled watching the R33 airship escape her moorings at Pulham Market. Educated at Bungay Grammar School, he joined Barclays Bank at Gorleston in 1937.

He went to Great Yarmouth, then Bungay before enlisting in the Royal Army Service Corps in 1940. He spent most of the next six years in Middle East, where Sgt Hewitt received an official commendation for outstanding service.

He worked at Bank Plain, Norwich and Loddon before promotion as chief clerk to Harleston. In July 1966, after four years as chief clerk at King's Lynn, he became manager at Heacham. He moved to Harleston in March 1973, retired in October 1976 and moved to Cringleford. In 1951 he had married Betty who died about three years ago.


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