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Fred Parsonage
Fred Parsonage retired as the Bank's Deputy General Manager in November 1960, having commenced his service with the Birmingham Corporation Savings Bank in 1917. His recollections of his time with the Bank are reproduced at Memory-034. These two photographs were taken at the time of his retirement: the first in his office in Broad Street; and the second receiving a presentation watch from the Bank's Chairman, Seymour Brown.
An event at Head Office to celebrate Fred Parsonage's retirement was reported in the Autumn 1960 edition of CONTACT magazine.
Fred Parsonage's 43 years of service with the Bank was almost unequalled. He was considered for the post of General Manager upon the retirement of J P Hilton in 1946, and the following summary of his career to that date was put before the Bank's Committee of Management:
Born 10th November 1895
Was with Saunders, Bradbury & Saunders (Solicitors) for two years; then with Pinsent & Co (solicitors) for two years before joining HM Forces.
Enlisted September 1914, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Wounded July 1916. Discharged in August 1917.
Engaged as a Clerk in Birmingham Corporation Savings Bank, 26th November 1917; became Cashier at Head Office up to 31st August 1919.
On 1st September 1919 appointed in charge of Savings Bank Department at Head Office of Birmingham Municipal Bank; retained that office with the rank and title of Controller, until January 1940, when he became joint Controller of Branches with Mr Carver.
Is a certificated Associate of the Institute of Bankers (1932). Holds Intermediate Certificate of London Association of Accountants.
Receives a salary of 940 per annum, plus bonus.

In the event, Harold Carver was appointed as the BMB's second General Manager, and Fred Parsonage thus became sole Controller of Branches, and subsequently Joint Assistant General Manager on March 4th 1947. He was appointed Deputy General Manager in 1957.