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Thursday, 6 December 2012

Ervin, Wilson


[Picture courtesy of the Belfast News Letter]



Wilson Ervin CBE
was born on 13th December 1923.  [Belfast News Letter quotes 13th November 1923].

He was the son of Robert John Ervin, 32 Lucerne Parade, Belfast.  Ervin attended Stranmillis and Fane Street Primary Schools before moving on to RBAI (Inst.) from 1936 to 1941.
In an autobiographical article in ‘The Link’ he reflected on his teenage years during World War II:
“I was very anxious to get out there and try and do my bit but my father was keen that I should look for a good job to which I could return after War Service.” 

Ervin joined the Belfast Banking Company on 15th April 1942 at Dungannon branch.  He says:
“It’s difficult to imagine I was only paid £90 a year and still had spending money after buying a new suit and paying for my return train fares to Belfast.” 

Ervin joined the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm and served 4 years. He served in home waters as well as all over the world ... to South Africa, the Far East, Ceylon, Burma and Australia. His 21st birthday was spent in the Indian Ocean.

Ervin returned from Active Service on 22nd August 1946 when his address was recorded as 32 Lucerne Parade, Belfast.  His first branch after the war was Bangor and he arrived with what his manager thought was 5 years banking experience.  The bank looked upon his 4 years Royal Navy service as ‘Banking Service’.  

Ervin was a member of the Belfast Banking Company Sports Club in March 1947 paying 5 shillings subscription. 
It was in Bangor that he met his future wife, Joan Mercer, who was also a bank official.  

He is recorded in the 1966 annual accounts of the Belfast Banking Company as being the assistant manager of Donegall Square North branch.  Transfers followed to positions in Head Office, Inspection Staff, Advances Controller, Regional Director and Managing Director (1972). 
Later he was appointed Chief Executive and Senior Managing Director, a position he held until his retirement in 1974 or 1984. 
He was appointed as a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE). 
The Staff Magazine ‘The Link (Summer 1973)’ contains 2 photographs of Ervin. 
The Staff Magazine ‘The Link (Summer 1984)’ contains a photograph of W Ervin in the Belfast Bank Cricket Team of 1947. 




Ervin attended the 2000 re-dedication ceremony of the Rolls of Honour.

The Belfast Telegraph dated 24th February 2015 published a death notice saying that Wilson Ervin had died on 22nd February 2015.  A Service of Thanksgiving was held on 25th February 2015 at Fisherwick Presbyterian Church, Malone Road, Belfast.



Wilson Ervin's obitiary features in the Belfast News Letter of 1st June 2015.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Medals Awarded During the Great War

The medals awarded during the Great War were:


1914 Star (Mons Star) was awarded for service in France or Flanders (Belgium) between 5 August and 22 November 1914 (clasp).



1914-15 Star was awarded for service in France or Flanders (Belgium) between 23 November 1914 and 31 December 1915, or for service in any theatre between 5 August 1914 and 31 December 1915.



Note: A person awarded any of the variants of the Stars automatically qualified for the award of the Allied Victory Medal and the British War Medal.

Allied Victory Medal (Victory Medal) was awarded for service in any operational theatre between 5 August 1914 and 11 November 1918. It was issued to individuals who received the 1914 and 1914-15 Stars and to most individuals who were issued the British War Medal. The medal was also awarded for service in Russia (1919-1920) and post-war mine clearance in the North Sea (1918-1919).



British War Medal was awarded to both servicemen and civilians that either served in a theatre of war, or rendered service overseas between 5 August 1914 and 11 November 1918. It was also awarded for service in Russia, and post-war mine clearance in the Baltic, the Black Sea, and the Caspian Sea between 1919 and 1920.



Note: The Victory Medal could not be awarded on its own, therefore a Victory Medal must always be issued with at least a British War Medal (but the reverse is not true - some Naval personnel received the British War Medal but not the Victory Medal).

Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) was awarded to non-commissioned officers for bravery.



Distinguished Service Order (DSO) was generally awarded to officers ranked Major and higher for distinguished war service.



Military Cross Medal (MC) was awarded to commissioned officers of Captain and below, as well Warrant Officers, for valour during active operations.



Numbers Awarded WW1, WW2 & Korea
MC1st Bar2nd Bar3rd Bar
1st World War37,1042,9841684
2nd World War10,38648224-
Korea1821--


Military Medal was awarded to non-commissioned officers for bravery in land battle.



Silver War Badge (SWB) was awarded to servicemen who became ill or were wounded while serving in a theatre of war or at home.



Note: A person who received any of the variants of the Stars could not be awarded the Territorial Force War Medal. 

Territorial Force War Medal was awarded to servicemen who were members of the Territorial Force either on or before 30 September 1914 and who served in an operational theatre abroad between 5 August 1914 and 11 November 1918.



“Mentioned in Despatches” was an award for commendable service or bravery. Despatches were official reports that detailed military operations. These reports were published in the London Gazette. Servicemen who had performed noteworthy actions were often mentioned in these reports, therefore having been “Mentioned in Despatches.”



Wednesday, 28 November 2012

British Library Web Archive

The British Library Web Archive have advised me that they have accepted the Northern Bank - War Memorials / Roll of Honour website for permanent archiving in the UK Web Archive.

The UK Web Archive was established in 2004 to capture and archive websites from the UK domain, responding to the challenge of a ‘digital black hole’ in the nation’s memory.  It contains specially selected websites that represent different aspects of online life in the UK.


Tuesday, 13 November 2012

References and Acknowledgements

References, Acknowledgements and Disclaimer



This is a PRIVATE website using 'Google Blogger' software for ease of use and at no financial cost from Google.

The site has NO connection with Northern Bank.

Should you feel any photographs have been copied without permission, please let me know by e-mail to gavinbamford@btinternet.com

Information has been obtained from many resources including:


Northern Banking Company – Centenary 1824 to 1924 – Edwin Darley Hill; 1925.

Belfast Bank – 1827 to 1970 – J Noel Simpson;
Commonwealth War Graves Commission – http://www.cwgc.org/default.asp

War Graves Photographic Project – http://twgpp.org/

North Irish Horse - http://northirishhorse.net/Decorations/Citations/MM/Donaghy.html

Heavy Anti-Tank, Royal Artillery - http://www.lennonwylie.co.uk/8th_belfast_haa_regt_nomroll23rd.htm

Sergeant W G McCord - http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rosdavies/SURNAMES/A/AbAg.htm

Major J D Stronge - http://www.irishwarmemorials.ie/html/showMemorial.php?show=325

Capt. T Byers - photographs from a private collection owned by Dave Donatelli, Canada

St. Anne’s Cathedral - http://www.belfastcathedral.org/heritage/military-memorials/

The Fallen of RBAI – http://www.instgreatwar.com/index.htm

Officer promotions – http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/

'The Link' - staff magazine of Northern Bank Limited.


My thanks must also go to the individuals who read my drafts prior to publication on this website.

Images of the 'Rolls of Honour' and 'War Memorials'

The 'Rolls of Honour' / 'War Memorials' are installed in a basement corridor.  They are securely attached to the walls and are covered in glass to protect them. 

The width of the hall together with the reflective glass make it extremely difficult to take good photographs without reflections.



Northern Bank - Brass Panel with Raised Lettering - The Great War & WWII



Northern Bank - The Great War - Pictorial Record - Panel 1



Northern Bank - The Great War - Pictorial Record - Panel 2



Northern Bank - The Great War - Pictorial Record - Panel 3



Belfast Bank - Brass Panel with Raised Lettering - The Great War & WWII



Belfast Bank - The Great War - Pictorial Record


Northern Banking Company Centenary Volume 1924

Northern Banking Company Centenary Volume 1924




This book provided the initial source material for the Northern Bank Great War records in this website.  It was compiled and written by E D Hill.

The following section of text is taken from page 203 of the Northern Bank Centenary Volume 1924 as it best describes those men who volunteered for war.

War Record
W
e have included in this volume a reproduction of the War Memorial, which hangs in the hall of the cash office at Head Office.  A perusal of the record of those who served will, we feel confident, engender a feeling of pride in the part the officials of the Bank took in the operations of the Great War.  Many banks have published separate war volumes recording the service of the members of their staffs.  In the case of kindred institutions across the water the numbers of those who so served run into figures larger perhaps by comparison than those we shew.  But it must be remembered that, with very few exceptions, every man who went from an Irish bank was a volunteer.  In the case of the Northern Bank there was but one such exception – William Pattenden, Head Office porter, a reservist of the Royal Sussex Regiment.  He was called up on the outbreak of war and went with the British Expeditionary Force, only to fall a few days after landing – the first casualty we had to record.  Ninety-nine officials in all, or 25 per cent. of staff, volunteered; seven of the number were rejected on medical examination, and, of the remainder, fifteen made the supreme sacrifice.  We honour the names of those who volunteered, and, we hold in reverence the memory of those who fell, - many, alas, of whom were but lads on the threshold of life.






St Anne's Cathedral - Belfast Bank Memorial - 1

St Anne’s Cathedral – Belfast Banking Company – The Great War – Memorial Plaque and Window




A brass Memorial Plaque in the North aisle, under this window in St. Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast
 



Dulce Et Decorum est Pro Patria Mori
Christie, C M, RAMC
Milligan, F A W, 2nd Lieut, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Collier, R J C, 2nd Lieut, RAF.
McFall, T L, 2nd Lieut, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Conolly, J H, 2nd Lieut, RMF.

McLean, J A, MC, Lieut, RFA.
Hamilton, J, 2nd Lieut, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
McMahon, P, 2nd Lieut, Royal Irish Rifles.
Hewitt, W A, 2nd Lieut, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
O’Kane, P, 2nd Lieut, R I Rifles
Hogarth, H P, Corporal, RE.

Robinson, W W, RDF.
Hunter, W M, 2nd Lieut, Royal Irish Fusiliers.
Somers, W J R, Corporal, Royal Sussex Regiment.
Maguire, F P, 2nd Lieut, Leinster Regiment.
Watson, J, Lieut, Manchester Regiment.
Morris, W O E, 2nd Lieut, King's Liverpool Regiment.



“The above window is erected by the staff of the Belfast Banking Company Ltd in memory of those of their brother officials who died on the field of battle in the Great War 1914”



A 'paper copy' of the window is also held in the Head Office of Northern Bank in Donegall Square West, Belfast.  Following restoration to the frame, it has been installed in the same area as the other memorials.




Ex-Servicemen's Association 1976

Ex-Servicemen's Association 1976


A number of photographs and articles appeared in the Northern Bank Staff Magazine 'The Link' of the Ex-Servicemen's Association dinners and reunions.  They are reproduced below.
The Staff Magazine ‘The Link’ (Winter 1976) contains a photograph of Ex-Servicemen’s Reunion Dinner.  Names include M S D Thompson, J F Bristow, W L Stephens, W Ervin, J M Henderson and W A Nesbitt.

Ex-Servicemen's Association 1975

Ex-Servicemen's Association 1975


A number of photographs and articles appeared in the Northern Bank Staff Magazine 'The Link' of the Ex-Servicemen's Association dinners and reunions.  They are reproduced below.

The Staff Magazine ‘The Link’ (Winter 1975) contains a photograph of Ex-Servicemen’s Association.  There are 5 unnamed persons altogether.

Ex-Servicemen's Association 1974

Ex-Servicemen's Association 1974


A number of photographs and articles appeared in the Northern Bank Staff Magazine 'The Link' of the Ex-Servicemen's Association dinners and reunions.  They are reproduced below.

The Staff Magazine ‘The Link’ (Winter 1974) contains a photograph of Ex-Servicemen’s Reunion.  Names include E J Gould, J Carson, F W T Dolan, W Ervin, J F Bristow.




Ex-Servicemen's Association 1973

Ex-Servicemen's Association 1973


A number of photographs and articles appeared in the Northern Bank Staff Magazine 'The Link' of the Ex-Servicemen's Association dinners and reunions.  They are reproduced below.

The Staff Magazine ‘The Link’ (Winter 1973) contains 3 group photographs of the Annual Dinner for ex-servicemen.  There are 13 unnamed persons altogether. 


Ex-Servicemen's Association 1970

Ex-Servicemen's Association 1970

A number of photographs and articles appeared in the Northern Bank Staff Magazine 'The Link' of the Ex-Servicemen's Association dinners and reunions.  They are reproduced below.
The Staff Magazine ‘The Link’ (Winter 1970) contains an article over 3 pages with photographs of the Retired Annual Dinner.  Names include H M Gabbey, W E Moore, W A Rainey, A McL Buller, H Carson, A Hanna, W L Stephens, J A Richardson, R C Malseed, G E Larmour, W F Irvine, W Ervin, W A Nesbitt, F C McBride, J Thompson and I W Bratty.







Monday, 12 November 2012

Lilburn, Joseph Lockington


Flight Lieutenant Joseph Lockington Lilburn

was born on 22nd September 1919.  

His father was a R K Lilburn of 11 Temple Villas, Palmerston Road, Dublin who worked for the Royal Bank of Ireland Ltd. 

Lilburn joined the Belfast Banking Company on 4th May 1937. 

J L Lilburn once wrote: 

“…. Had there not been no war, I should not have thought of getting married until I have at least 10 years service in the Bank….”

Lilburn served as a Warrant Officer (Service Number 745459) with the RAF (Volunteer Reserve).   He was promoted to Pilot Officer (with Service Number 156634) on 11th July 1943, Flying Officer on 11th January 1944 and Flight Lieutenant on 18th March 1945.   He was then retained permanently on the RAF Active List until 1954. 

A family friend of Lilburn is in possession of copies of his Log Book describing every flight he made during and after the war. 

‘Paddy' Lilburn, as he was known, initially flew from RAF Eglinton Airport (now known as the City of Derry Airport).   He flew Hurricanes and Spitfires during the war but did not take part in the Battle of Britain due to being posted to Scotland.   Later he flew missions over Europe. 

Lilburn was a member of the Belfast Banking Company Sports Club on 24th April 1946 paying 5 shillings subscription.   He served in Head Office and North End branch. 

Lilburn resigned from the bank on 11th July 1946. 

'Paddy' did not return to banking but stayed in the RAF. 

Lilburn died on 14th November 2002 in Horsham, West Sussex.   He was described as a retired Fighter Pilot.

Northern Bank - Ladies of 1919

Northern Bank - Ladies of 1919


A number of Lady Staff photographed on the roof of the Northern Bank Head Office building in Victoria Street, Belfast.

Some of them may have joined the bank to cover the officials who had left for war service.


Northern Bank Golf Club Outing - May 1951



Amongst this group of golfers are a few ex-servicemen i.e. L McK White, J F Bristow, Wm H G Millikin and R P MacGregor.

Belfast Bank Football Team - 1930's




Amongst this group of footballers are a few ex-servicemen i.e. O. Mulholland, W A Rainey and I W Bratty.

Larmour, George Edward

Captain George Edward Larmour
was born on 11th November 1920.  He was educated at Banbridge Academy where he as Head Boy, Hockey Captain and House Captain for Rugby.
In 1938 Larmour joined Northern Bank at Head Office.  Transfers followed to Head Office – Letter Department (1938), Crumlin Road (1941) and Head Office (1942). 

On 8th March 1943 he was ‘Called up on Active Service’ into the Royal Ulster Rifles as a Private.  Promotions followed to Officer Cadet and 2nd Lieutenant with Service Number EC14755.  He also served in the Indian Army.  His final rank was Captain. 
Larmour resumed duties with Northern Bank on 19th June 1947 at Head Office.  Transfers followed to Stationery Department (1948), Hillsborough (1952), Shaftesbury Square (1955), Windsor (1960), Lurgan (1961), Lisburn (1963), Omagh (1965), Lisburn (1968) and Regional Director (1976).

There is an excellent family tribute to Larmour in this link.
The Staff Magazine ‘The Link (Autumn 1975)’ contains a photograph of Larmour. 
The Staff Magazine ‘The Link’ (Summer 1982) records Larmour retiring on 22nd February 1982 as Regional Director.  There is a photograph of him with R C Malseed and H McManus.









Ted Larmour died on 10th August 2016.

Donaghy, Thomas Moffett


Sergeant Thomas Moffett Donaghy MM
was born on 13th February 1912 and of Presbyterian faith. 
On 2nd June 1920 he joined Northern Bank at Head Office.  Transfers followed to Coleraine (1920), Head Office (1920), Knock (1930), Maghera (1931), Oldcastle (1934), Head Office – relief (1938) and Grafton Street – relief (1938). 
On 9th January 1940 he joined the North Irish Horse and was ‘Called up’ on 16th January 1940.  His rank on joining was Trooper (Driver mechanic).  Promotions followed to Sergeant. 
Donaghy was awarded the Military Medal on 26th April 1945.  The citation reads:
“On November 14th 1944, at map ref 418206 Sergeant Donaghy was Troop Leader of three tanks supporting A Company 6 Black Watch.  His orders were to support A Company in clearing the houses on each side of the road and seizing the T junction 418206.  At the junction several enemy tanks were known to be lying in wait.  One anti-tank gun was known to be sited down the road which had not been swept for mines, and it was impossible to get off the road.  A platoon of 6 Black Watch had managed to reach a house 200 yards short of the objective but were pinned down from Spandau fire from the enemy tanks.  Sergeant Donaghy made a most gallant attempt to get to their assistance.  The only way was straight up the road.  As soon as he moved he came under high-explosive and armour-piercing fire from enemy tanks but continued up the road.  Just before he reached the infantry his tank was hit and knocked out.  Sergeant Donaghy was wounded by blast and splash in the face and could not see out of one eye.  He refused to be evacuated and after dark sufficiently repaired his tank to enable it to be towed to a defensive position for the night.  He accomplished this in spite of intense fixed line Spandau fire down the road.  He manned his tank throughout the night and did not go to hospital until ordered to do so next day.  Sergeant Donaghy’s grim determination at all costs to carry out his task of supporting the infantry and his success in carrying out this task in face of strong opposition and in spite of his own wounds, showed devotion to duty and personal courage which were quite beyond praise.”
On 4th February 1946 he resumed service with the Northern Bank at Head Office.  Transfers followed to Grafton Street – relief (1946), Head Office – relief (1946), Head Office (1947), Lisburn (1948), Head Office (1948), Claudy (1948), Larne (1952), Banbridge (1954), Head Office (1955) and Donegall Square (1956). 


Northern Banking Company, Donegall Square


Donaghy retired on 30th November 1956.



Gabbey, Hugh Maurice


Major Hugh Maurice Gabbey
was born in Belfast on 11th April 1907.  His mother was Mrs Sara Ethel Gabbey of Dundela Villas, Strandtown, Belfast.

Gabbey was educated at the Royal Belfast Acedemical Institution (RBAI - Inst).
Gabbey joined the Belfast Banking Company on 15th December 1924.  His early years were served in Head Office until his career was interrupted by the Second World War.
Gabbey served with the 21st Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery.  His Service Number was 87357.  He was one of those fortunate to return unscathed from the French beaches and he saw action in Buma where he commanded a battery from 1942 to 1945.


8th Belfast HAA Regiment, Royal Artillery.

Gabbey is mentioned in this 16mm film just after 6' 40" in.  He is described as a bridge player.

Acknowledgements to lennonwylie
He was a member of the Belfast Banking Company Sports Club on 24th April 1946 paying 5 shillings subscription.  At that time he was recorded as being in Castle Place branch.  The following year, he was recorded as being in Head Office.  He served as an Inspector (1953), Manager, Waring Street (1959), Managing Director (1966) and Director of the Belfast Banking Executor and Trustee Company Limited.

In the 1966 annual accounts of the Belfast Banking Company he is recorded as being Managing Director of the Belfast Bank.  

Gabbey's interests outside the bank were rugby football, tennis, soccer, Contract Bridge, Chamber of Commerce, Royal British Legion.  He was also Govenor of the War Memorial Building of the Legion in Waring Street, Belfast.
The Staff Magazine ‘The Link’ of Summer 1972 contains a photograph of Gabbey. 
His wife is a former member of staff of the Belfast Bank and also of Midland Bank Limited.
He died on 2nd December 1974. 

The author, C S Lewis also lived at Dundela Villas.

H M Gabbey - June 1971

Henderson, James Montgomery


James Montgomery Henderson
was educated at Belfast Royal Academy.

He joined the Belfast Banking Company in April 1931. 

It is thought that Henderson may have volunteered for 'Active Service' with the Royal Artillery.
Prior to his war service, Henderson worked in Ballymoney and Warrenpoint branches.

Following his return to the Belfast Bank after the war, Henderson worked in Waring Street, Clearing Department and Chief Cashier's Department.

After 45 years service, Henderson retired as Assistant Chief Cashier in April 1976. 
The Staff Magazine ‘The Link (Summer 1976)’ contains the above photograph of Henderson.

Stutt, Robert Alexander (Alec) Crickton


Sergeant Robert Alexander (Alec) Crichton Stutt
was born on 15th December 1919.  

He was the son of the Rev. John William Stutt, 545 Antrim Road, Belfast (Methodist Minister).
Known as Alec, he joined the Belfast Banking Company on 16th May 1938.  At the start of the War, Stutt volunteered and joined the Royal Artillery, serving 7 years.  He rose to the rank of Sergeant.
Following demobilisation, Alec rejoined the Belfast Banking Company.
He was a member of the Belfast Banking Company Sports Club in March 1947 paying 5 shillings subscription.  At that time he was working in Castle Place branch.  Transfers followed to Head Office (1948), North End (1949). 
He recorded in the 1966 annual accounts of the Belfast Banking Company as being manager of 437 Lisburn Road branch. 
He retired on 30th April 1981 as manager of the High Street, Belfast branch.
The Staff Magazine ‘The Link’ of Summer 1981 contain photographs of Stutt.  


Stutt died on 15th August 2015 at Oakmount Lodge Care Home, Bangor.  He was predeased by his wife, Beatrice.  Following cremation at Roselawn Crematorium, a Service of Remembrance was held at Carnalea Methodist Church on 15th August 2015.



McFadden, John Thomas Brooks


John Thomas Brooks McFadden
was born on 3rd April 1920.
McFadden joined the Belfast Banking Company on 6th September 1939. 
On 2nd October 1942, McFadden was signing the bank notes for the Belfast Banking Company. 
He may also have been serving with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR) and was promoted to Lieutenant on 2nd August 1956 with seniority back to 25th November 1951. 
Following his return from Active Service, McFadden is recorded as being a member of the Belfast Banking Company Sports Club in March 1947 paying 5 shillings subscription.  McFadden was recorded as being in Bradbury Place branch with a transfer to Lisburn taking place in 1952.  He also served in Ballyclare branch. 
McFadden retired on 30th September 1976. 
The Staff Magazine ‘The Link of Spring 1973 and Autumn 1974 contain additional photographs of McFadden.

Cross, Campbell


Campbell Cross
was born on 29th December 1913 of Church of Ireland faith.
On 8th May 1932 he joined Northern Bank at Head Office.  Transfers followed to Fintona (1932), Strokestown (1934), Head Office (1937), Maghera (1938) and Head Office (1939). 
On 5th September 1939, Cross joined the Anti-Aircraft battery at Coleraine.  He was ‘Called up on Active Service’ on 8th September 1939.  His unit is named as the 6th Light A-A Battery, 3rd Anti-Aircraft Brigade.  His rank is Gunner. 
On account of ‘ear trouble’, he resumed duty with Northern Bank at Head Office on 30th July 1942.  Transfers followed within Relief Staff (1942 to 1948), Head Office (1948), Ballinamore (1949), Head Office (1953), Willowfield (1955), Donegall Square (1961), Willowfield (1961) and Comber 1965. 




Northern Banking Company, Donegall Square

He retired around about 1975 / 1976. 
On 13th December 1974 Cross attended an Investiture at Hillsborough Castle to receive an award of a Velum Vote of Thanks from the Bailiff of Egle, The Lord Cozens-Hardy.  This award was in recognition for his services as Honorary Treasurer of the St John’s Ambulance Brigade in County Down. 
Aged 87, Cross attended the 2000 re-dedication ceremony of the Rolls of Honour. 
The Staff Magazine ‘The Link’ of Autumn 1976 contain an article about Cross. 



[The Link, Autumn 1976]