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Sunday, 11 November 2012

Magee, Frederick William Henry

Captain Frederick William Henry Magee
was born in Armagh in September 1882.  He was of Church of Ireland faith. 
Magee joined Northern Bank on 3rd February 1900 in Head Office.  At that time, his address was recorded as Strokestown.  Transfers followed with Londonderry (1900), Ballyclare (1900) and Mohill (1900).  In 1901 he was boarding in house 15, Hill Street, Mohill.  Transfers followed to Head Office (1903), Holywood (1905), Whitehead (1907), Head Office (1911) and Ball’s Branch (1911).  

Northern Banking Company Limited, Londonderry

By 1911, Magee was living in house 9, Promenade, Templecorran, Co. Antrim.  He is recorded as a Bank Official. 
Magee, aged 33, was based in Ball's branch when he volunteered for a Commission in the Royal Field Artillery.  He served with the British Expeditionary Force, was promoted to Lieutenant in January 1917 and then to Captain in August 1917.  Magee saw action in the Somme 1916 (Thiepval and La Boisselle), Messines 1917, Ypres 1917 (Passchendaele), Cambrai 1917, St. Quentin 1918, Amiens 1918, Bailleul 1918 and Courtrai 1918 (Allied Advance). 

Demobilisation came in June 1919 and he was awarded the MID (Mentioned in Despatches), the Belgian Croix de Guerre, the 1914/15 Star, the British Victory Medal and the British War Medal. 
Following demobilisation, Magee rejoined the Northern Bank in Ball’s Branch.  Transfers followed with Head Office (1922), Bangor (1927), Armagh (1933) and Dungannon (1941).  
He retired on 24th July 1945. 

Oak leaf MID on a British Victory Medal ribbon

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