Vincent Alpe Grantham

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Vincent Alpe Grantham (17 April 1889 - 1 August 1968) was chairman of Chartered Bank 1940-1967, and a founder member of the Guernsey Society.

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Education

Vincent Grantham was born in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire on 17 April 1889, the son of Charles Fulford Grantham and Margaret Rosalind Alpe. His father was in the Indian Army, and he was sent to boarding school in Guernsey. He attended Elizabeth College 1898-1906[1].

Career

On leaving school, he went into business as an East India Merchant as joined the firm of Forbes Forbes Campbell & Co Ltd of Bombay in 1910. He became a partner in 1924. He also held a number of public offices, including President of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce, member of the Legislative Council of Bombay, and Vice-President of the Associated Chambers of Commerce of India, Burma & Ceylon. Grantham served on the board of the trustees of the port of Bombay as director of the Imperial Bank of India (now the State Bank of India) and as deputy chairman of the East India Cotton Association. In 1925, he was appointed a Justice of the Peace in Bombay[2].

His association with India was strengthened when, in 1939, Grantham was appointed a director of the Chartered Bank, and the following year he became chairman, a position which he held for the next 27 years. During this time the bank suffered a severe loss when almost two-thirds of its branches were overrun by the Japanese, but after the war it enjoyed a period of exceptional expansion, particularly in the Middle East and in the United States. It was during these years, too, that he became a director of various associates of the Chartered Bank group, including the Eastern Bank Ltd and the Irano British Bank. He held these positions until his retirement in 1967[3].

Interests

Grantham was much concerned with the provision of hospital services for many years before the establishment of the National Health Service. He was a member of the managing bodies of several of the London voluntary hospitals. He was a keen yachtsman and a member of the Royal Yacht Squadron[4]

Guernsey Society

In 1943, he was a founder member of the Guernsey Society, and served as the first Treasurer. In 1949 he was elected Chairman, a position he held intil 1952[5].

Family

He married Margaret Crowe in 1919, and had six sons and two daughters. They lived at Boughton Hall, Send, Surrey.

His brother, Charles Alpe Grantham (also an Old Elizabethan), was killed in action in Mesopatamia during World War I.

References

  1. Drake-Brockman, Br-Gen DH, Elizabeth College Register, Vol II, Guernsey 1931
  2. Mr Vincent Grantham - A Prominent Banker, The Times, 3 August 1968
  3. Mr Vincent Grantham - A Prominent Banker, The Times, 3 August 1968
  4. Kinnersley, Richard, In Memoriam - Vincent Alpe Grantham, Quarterly Review of the Guernsey Society, Autumn 1968
  5. Kinnersley, Richard, In Memoriam - Vincent Alpe Grantham, Quarterly Review of the Guernsey Society, Autumn 1968
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