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Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Dolan, Francis William Temple

2nd Lieutenant Francis William Temple Dolan

was born on 23rd October 1911.

He was the son of Joseph Dolan and Blanche Temple Dolan.  The family were of Roman Catholic faith.

The head of the house is a Francis Dolan (49) and is wife is a (28).  Her mother, Emma Virginia Temple also lives in the house.  In 1911 the family were living in house 100, Ballygrot, Bangor.

On 1st February 1933 Dolan joined Northern Bank at Head Office.  Transfers followed to Shankill Road (1933), Falls Road (1935) and Ballynafeigh (1939).

Dolan was granted permission by the Bank to join the 3rd Anti-Aircraft Brigade, Royal Artillery and finished Bank work on the evening of 14th October 1939.  His starting rank was Gunner with promotions to Lance Bombardier, Bombardier, Officer Cadet and 2nd Lieutenant.  His address is recorded as 43 Adelaide Park, Belfast in the Nominal Rolls of the 23rd Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery, Royal Artillery.

I W Bratty served in the same battery.

On 21st November 1945 he resumed duty with Northern Bank at Head Office. Transfers followed to Royal Avenue (1955), Head Office (1957), Royal Avenue (1960) and Dundonald (1971).

Dolan retired from Dundonald on 23rd October 1976.

Articles and photographs of Dolan are in the staff magazine ‘The Link’ of Winter 1976 and Spring 1977.

He died on 19th January 1977.

First published 23rd October 2012


  1. Frank Dolan was on the relief staff in the mid 1950s as he did summer relief in Claudy where I entered in 1954. The cashier, Pat Nelson (dec'd)had been hit by a car when on holiday so Frank was with us for a number of months. His yarns about the war were very interesting and he was a great monarchist. I found him to be a real gentleman who enjoyed a joke but was very helpful to a young man like me starting my career in the bank. David Keith

  2. Thank you for this update, Keith.


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