Chairman of John Summers Steelworks at Shotton. He was a grandson of John Summers, who founded the firm in 1852, in Stalybridge.
Richard lived in Denna Hall, Little Neston and was appointed High Sheriff of Flint in 1944.
A very keen motorist, he learnt to drive at the age of 11 in his grandfather’s Silver-Ghost Rolls-Royce!
Lady Evelyn Summers (1901 – 1978), the wife of Sir Richard, was the sister of Sandy Irvine, who, together with George Mallory, died attempting to climb Mt Everest in 1924. His body has never been found, and it is not impossible that he and Mallory did in fact conquer Everest.