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Sunday, 10 February 2019

Holmes, Charles



Lieutenant Charles Holmes MC and Bar

was born at Ballybogan on 28th October 1894 to William Holmes (Farmer) and Mary Anne Holmes nee Brooks.

In 1901 Charles was living in house 1, Ballybogan, Clonleigh South, Co. Donegal with his parents and 2 siblings, Robert Brooks and William.  A servant, Patrick Cullen was also living in the property.

By 1911 the property is described as house 4, Ballybogan, Clonleigh South, Co. Donegal.  2 daughters had been born since 1901, Annie Margaret and Rebecca Mary.

Holmes would have joined the Belfast Banking Company around 1912 working in Lurgan and Central branches.



[Belfast Banking Company, Lurgan branch]



[Belfast Banking Company, Belfast Central branch]


Holmes served with the 13th Royal Irish Rifles and attained the rank of Lieutenant.  His first theatre of war is recorded as France from 22nd June 1918.

He later transferred to the Royal Army Pay Corps where he continued his service as a Lieutenant.






The Belfast Banking Company 'Roll of Honour' booklet records Holmes as being 'previously wounded' with his last known address as being 'in France'.

As an officer he would have had to apply for his service medals, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

He was also awarded the Military Cross twice (MC and Bar).

His first citation was published in the London Gazette on 16th September 1918 reads

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.  One night this officer, with 12 men and a party of infantry, captured two machine guns, holding at bay a large body of the enemy who nearly cut them off, and successfully extricating the whole of his men with but few casualties.” 

The second citation was published by the London Gazette on 1st February 1919.  It reads:

“For conspicuous gallantry and able leadership south-east of Dadizeele in September, 1918.  He led a platoon against a wood strongly held by machine guns and about 100 men, clearing it at the point of the bayonet and accounting for at least fifty men and three machine guns.  Although wounded himself, he continued encouraging his men against heavy odds.”  

McManus, Hubert

Hubert McManus


[Photo courtesy of Jennifer Riley McManus]


was born on 27th May 1888 at Market Square, Dungannon to Samuel McManus (Draper) and Jane McManus nee Booth.  

In 1901, Hubert was living in house 14, Market Square (East Side), Dungannon, Co. Tyrone with his parents and 6 siblings, Samuel Edgar, Anne Gertrude, Louisa Euphemia, Harold, Winifred and Randal Edmund (see below).  2 shop assistants, Nellie Keer & Jane Gullfillan and 2 servants, Annie Bates & Cathleen Dunlop also lived in the property.

In 1911, a Herbert McManus is boarding in house 59, Willowbank Street, Clifton Ward, Belfast.  He was aged 23 and a Bank Official Accountant. 
Based on his age, McManus may have joined the Belfast Banking Company around 1905.

In 1914 Hubert enlisted into the North Irish Horse with Service Number 1267.  Later he transferred to the Machine Gun Corps with Service Number 104215 where he was promoted to Corporal.  





His first theatre of war is recorded as France and Flanders from 2nd June 1915.

He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant on 26th October 1917.

An injury occurred making Hubert eligible for the Silver War Badge (SWB).  The Medal Index Card records the number incorrectly as 183889.  The SWB Roll records the badge number as 383889.  He was invalided out of the army in 1917.  





He was awarded the 1915 Star, the British War medal and the Victory Medal.







A descendant (via a cousin of Hubert's), Alastair McManus (Canada) has sent me this information:

" .... Hubert emigrated to Canada in 1911 (or 1912) with his younger brother Randal (killed in WW1), probably going to stay with their older brother Harold.  Hubert worked in the North Bay, Ontario, branch of the Imperial Bank of Canada, 210 miles north of Toronto.  However, on the outbreak of war, both he and Randal returned to Ireland in 1914.  Hubert enlisted in the North Irish Horse.  He was later commissioned and was invalided from service in 1917.  He returned to the Belfast Bank in 1918 and remained in Belfast for the rest of his life. ...."


McManus was a member of the Belfast Banking Company Sports Club in April 1947 paying 5 shillings subscription and was recorded as being in Head Office. 
The Staff Magazine ‘The Link (Summer 1984)’ contains a photograph of McManus in a 1947 Belfast Banking Company Cricket Team.






Hubert's brother, Randal Edmund is detailed on the Commonwealth War Graves website as follows:

Son of Jane McManus, 6 Howard Terrace, Dungannon; Lance Corporal, Army Number 41505, died 19/04/1918 aged 26, 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers, commemorated on Pane 140 to 141, Tyne Cot Memorial.



[Newspaper image courtesy of Mrs Gemma Crutchley
via Lives of the First World War website]

McMahon, Patrick





 
2nd Lieutenant Patrick McMahon
was born on 8th November 1886 in Irish Street, Armagh City, Co. Armagh, the son of Patrick McMahon (Flax Merchant) and Annie McMahon nee Quinn.

In 1901, Patrick resided in house 3, Edward Street, Armagh with his parents, 6 siblings (Charles, Josephine, Francis, Mary, Harry and Joseph) and a servant, Susan Dolleghan.

Around 1904-1906 McMahon (18/20) Patrick joined the Belfast Banking Company and served in Newry and Buncrana branches.



[Belfast Banking Company, Newry branch - 1918]



[Belfast Banking Company, Buncrana branch - 1918]


In 1911, McMahon is recorded as boarding in house 102, Main Street, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.  He is described as a Bank Clerk.  There are 2 other Bank Clerks also boarding in this house; Norman A Anderson (17) and James Wright (27). 
McMahon volunteered and enlisted into the Royal Highlanders with Service Number 2171.  




Following his training, he sailed for France on 19th November 1915.
He was serving with 4th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles as a 2nd Lieutenant when he was killed in action on 11th June 1917 aged 29. 

The De Ruvigny Roll of Honour (see picture below) records:

".... was wounded in the Somme battle ...... was wounded at Messines receiving gunshots in the left side and arm ...... died the same day in the grounds of the casualty clearing station ......"




[De Ruvigny Roll of Honour - McMahon Excerpt]


McMahon is buried in the Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France.

Patrick was awarded the 1914-1915 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.  As he was an officer, a relative applied for these on 23rd March 1923.

The full page of the De Ruvigny Roll of Honour:


[De Ruvigny Roll of Honour - Full Page]

Friday, 1 February 2019

Irish Census 1901 and 1911 - Addresses

Irish Census 1901 and 1911 - Addresses


The 1901 and 1911 Irish Census records are accessible on this website, free of charge.

Census of Ireland

The 1901 census was taken on 31st March 1901.

The 1911 census was taken on 2nd April 1911.

Using this site and the excellent search facility, I was able to trace a great number of the officials to where they or their families lived in both census years.

You will see the addresses in the biographies detailed as 'house number' e.g.

Residents of a house 6 in Lisheegan (The Vow, Antrim)

House numbering, in the sense that we know it as today, did not appear until later in the 20th century.  In the case above, this would be the 6th house along the road from where the census enumerator started his task.  If you were looking for the property today, it may not be '6 Lisheegan Road'.



Tuesday, 22 January 2019

U.V.F. Patriotic Fund

U.V.F. Patriotic Fund

By the early part of 1916 the Ulster Volunteer Force (U.V.F.) command were realising that injured soldiers returning home and their families together with the families of deceased soldiers would need financial assistance.

The Command based at the Old Town Hall, Victoria Street created a U.V.F. Patriotic Fund and advertised for funds in local papers during May 1916.

The first list of subscribers was published in a Belfast Newsletter advertisement / appeal.

It must be noted that the Belfast Banking Company, Northern Banking Company and the Ulster Banking Company each donated £300 to the fund.  This equates to £18, 244 as at 21st January 2019.

A Mr J R Bristow donated £25 (£1,520 as at 21st January 2019).  He may have been related to the Bristow's who were senior directors of the Northern Banking Company.



[Newspaper image courtesy of John McCormick]


Monday, 14 January 2019

Mathers, Willoughby Catherwood



2nd Lieutenant Willoughby Catherwood Mathers
was born on 29th November 1894 at Mourne View, Ballynahinch, Co. Down to John Mathers (School-teacher) and Letitia Mathers nee Adams.  

In 1901 Willoughby lived in house 11, Ballymaglare North, Ballynahinch, Co. Down with his parents and sister Kathleen.  

By 1911 Kathleen had left the family home. 
Willoughby would have joined the Belfast Banking Company around 1912 and served in Derry, Limavady and Bushmills branches.




[Belfast Banking Company, Londonderry branch - 1918]



[Belfast Banking Company, Limavady branch - 1918]



[Belfast Banking Company, Bushmills branch - 1918]


Willoughby enlisted into the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) with Service Number 2173 and attained the rank of Lance Corporal according to the Belfast Banking Company photograph on their Roll of Honour.  The Medal Index Card (below) records his rank as Corporal.  It also indicates that he was commissioned into the Regular Army with Service Number 265626.

His first theatre of war is recorded as France from 2nd May 1915. 



The Belfast Banking Company 'Roll of Honour' booklet records Mathers as being a Corporal in the Black Watch.  He is also described as 'previously wounded' with his last known address as 'in France'.

As an officer Willoughby applied for his medals on 10th August 1922.  He was awarded the 1915 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.






The London Gazette Supplement dated 28th April 1919 records Willoughby Mathers (Black Watch) being promoted from Cadet to 2nd Lieutenant in the Regular Forces on 11th March 1919.

The London Gazette Supplement dated 24th February 1922 records W Mathers (Black Watch) being promoted from Temporary 2nd Lieutenant to 2nd Lieutenant.

Following his leaving the Regular Army, Mathers returned to work. 
Mathers is recorded in the 1956 annual accounts of the Belfast Banking Company as being manager of Bushmills branch. 

Retirement came in 1957.
Mrs J E A Mathers, the widow of W C Mathers attended the 2000 re-dedication ceremony of the Rolls of Honour.

Picken, Paul Hartley



2nd Lieutenant Paul Hartley Picken
was born on 20th March 1894 at Oldcastle, the son of Edward Picken (Draper) and Frances Margaret Picken nee Hartley.

In 1901 Paul was living in house 124, Oldcastle, Oldcastle, Co. Meath with his parents and 5 siblings, Helen, Catherine, James, Edward and Frederick.

In 1911 Paul was living in house 108, Oldcastle, Oldcastle, Co. Meath with his father and 3 siblings, Katherine, James and Frederick.  His occupation is described as a Bank Clerk.  

Paul would have joined the Belfast Banking Company around 1911 and worked in Enniskillen and Markets branches.




[Belfast Banking Company, Enniskillen branch - 1918]




[Belfast Banking Company, Markets (Victoria Street) branch - 1918]


Paul enlisted into the 12th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and attained the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. 



His first theatre of war is recorded as France from 4th March 1917.

The Belfast Banking Company 'Roll of Honour' booklet records Picken as having been 'previously  wounded' with his last known address 'in France'.

As an officer Paul had to apply for his war service medals.  He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.




John Eadie, a descendant of Picken has provided the following additional information:


Via Ancestry.com


"Hi!  Paul Hartley Picken married my great aunt Louie Kells (aged 17 in 1911) in Oldcastle, Co. Meath, Ireland and resided in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada for many years, working as an Accountant.  He died on the 21st June 1970 in Deer Lodge Hospital, in Winnipeg and is buried in Brookside Cemetery in Winnipeg in a military grave."
John Eadie (cjeadie@shaw.ca)

Friday, 11 January 2019

White, Gerald



Private Gerald White
was born on 16th May 1896 at The Mills, Limavady, Co. Londonderry to John White, Mill Manager and Maria White nee Wallace.  

In 1901 Gerald is living in house 2, Mill Row, Limavady, Co. Londonderry with his parents and 2 siblings, Jack and Wallace.  

John White died on 5th December 1907 at Killane, Drumachose from heart disease.

By 1911 Gerald has moved to house 29, Kennaught, Limavady, Co. Londonderry with his mother and brother Wallace.  
White would have joined the Belfast Banking Company around 1914 working in Head Office.




[Belfast Banking Company, Head Office, 2 Waring Street, Belfast - 1918]


White served as a Private with the Machine Gun Corps (Tanks). 
It was not possible to identify Gerald within army records.

A 'G White' is recorded in the 1956 annual accounts of the Belfast Banking Company as being manager of Londonderry branch. 




[Belfast Banking Company, Shipquay Street, Londonderry - 1918]

Retirement came in 1957 and he died on 14th September 1966.

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Wright, William Martin



Captain William Martin Wright
was born on 23rd April 1884 and was the son of the Rev. William Wright and Charlotte McWilliams Wright nee Robinson of The Manse, Newtownards, Co. Down.  

In 1901 William is living in house 3, Corporation South, Newtownards, Co. Down with his parents and 6 siblings, Hannah D, Charlotte M, Archibald R, Richard P, Alfred I and Matthew I.

William was educated at Campbell College, Belfast.  The Lennonwylie website records:

319. Wright, William Martin, b. 23rd. April, 1884, son of Rev. Wm. Wright, M.A., D.D., Newtownards. Brother of 317, 318, 846 and 1241. L.V., July, 1899.  Scholar.  Solicitors' Final, 1910.  Assistant Solicitor, Belfast Banking Co., 1910-14.  Great War: Capt., R. Irish Rifles. Adj., 13th Bn. Severely wounded. Partner, McKinty & Wright, Solicitors, Belfast.  Hon. Solicitor, British Legion for 32 years.  Chairman, Newtownards Branch, British Legion for 30 years;  President, 2 years.  Died 16th Nov., 1952. (M.)

Allowing for study and law examinations, Wright may have joined the Belfast Banking Company around 1906.  He was the bank Assistant Solicitor from 1910 to 1914.

By 1911, they have moved to house 21, Circular Street, Newtownards, Co. Down.  Wright’s occupation is described as a Bank Solicitor. 
Wright served with the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles and attained the rank of Lieutenant, then becoming Captain and Adjutant.  He also served with the 6th Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers and teh Labour Corps.

His first theatre of war is recorded as France from September 1915.




He was severely wounded on 29th June 1916.  The Belfast Banking Company 'Roll of Honour' booklet records Wright as having been 'previously wounded' with his last known address as 'Salonika'.

Following demobilisation, Wright may not have returned to the Belfast Bank.  He became a partner in McKinty and Wright, Belfast.

As an officer, William had to apply for his medals.  He applied on 24th April 1922 and was awarded the 1915 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.  His address at that time is recorded as 82 Royal Avenue, Belfast.




Wright also became involved in the Royal British Legion, becoming their Hon. Solicitor for 32 years, Chairman of the Newtownards branch for 30 years and President for 2 years.

He died on 16th November 1952.

Monday, 7 January 2019

Taylor, Robert Graham



Corporal Robert Graham Taylor

was born on 5th August 1893 and was the son of Henry Taylor and Sarah Taylor nee Graham.  The birth was registered in the Kilrea sub-district of Coleraine district.

In 1901 and 1911, the family lived in house 15, Drumane, Hervey Hill, Co. Londonderry. 
Taylor joined the Belfast Banking Company on 24th April 1911 working in North City, Dublin and Ballymena.  Other addresses associated with Taylor are Reastown, Kilrea and Rose Park, Rasharkin.




[Belfast Banking Company, North City, Dublin branch - 1918]




[Belfast Banking Company, Ballymena branch - 1918]


Robert enlisted into the South Irish Horse with Service Number 1190 and later attained the rank of Acting Corporal.

His first theatre of war is recorded as France from 14th April 1915.





Robert later transferred to the Military Mounted Police with Service Number P/4818.
The Belfast Banking Company 'Roll of Honour' booklet records Robert as having been 'previously wounded' with his last known address 'in France'.

Robert was awarded the 1915 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.



On demobilisation, Robert G Taylor returned to work for the Belfast Banking Company eventually rising to be the Managing Director.

Taylor retired on 30th November 1962 as Managing Director and continued on as a Director.