George Herbert Banks was born on 14th July 1878 and was by far the most industrious and successful member of the family. He set up the firm of G. Herbert Banks at the age of 20 in 1898. Initially, he had an office in Bewdley and, shortly afterwards, bought and opened a large office in Worcester Street, Kidderminster. No one seems to know why he started this sort of business but the family had many connections within the agricultural circles and this may have prompted him to enter that profession. By 1901 he was recorded in the census as being an “auctioneer” with his 16 year old brother as an “auctioneer’s clerk”.
A fuller history of the Banks family can be found on our page for David Banks, grandson of George.