Lieutenant David Henry Revels
In 1901, David is living in house 18, Tullyhappy, Tullyhappy Ward, Co. Armagh with his parents and 5 siblings, Joseph, Agnes, Elizabeth, Samuel and Robert. A nurse and 2 servants were also present in the house.
Revels joined Northern Bank at Head Office on 8th October 1906.
Transfers followed to Lisburn (1906), Carrick-on-Shannon (1907), Armagh (1908) and Ball’s Branch (1909).
On ‘Ulster Day’, Saturday, 28th September 1912, 14 members of the Revels family from Tullyhappy or Jerrettspass area signed either the Ulster Covenant or the Women’s Declaration.
Revels resigned from the Bank on 1st November 1912 but re-entered on 31st March 1913 at Strokestown.
Revels expressed his preference in the above mentioned document as follows:
- Garrison, Field or Horse Artillery; Cavalry or any Department connected with horses; any Infantry Regiment – Irish if possible.
- “I wish, however, to be considered specially for artillery, and to have my name placed on the waiting list”.
- Special Reserve [i.e. not Regular Army]; Artillery, Royal Field Artillery
Northern Banking Company - Correspondents Advice
Personal letter to the Under Secretary of State, The War Office dated 19th April 1938 (from D H R, NB, Head Office) referring to their letter of 14th April 1938 ‘... which I note with regret ...’. DHR appears to be offering his services to the army in Northern Ireland and although there is recruitment for a Fortress Unit and an Engineers Unit, DHR would like to see recruitment for a Horse & Field Unit of Artillery. He seems to think that the ‘movement and training in different parts of the country ... would have a most stimulating effect on recruiting ...’
The War Office responded on 26th May 1938 acknowledging his offer of service and suggesting he would be interested in the Officers’ Emergency Reserve.
Letter from the Secretary, Northern Bank Ltd dated 23rd April 1940 to DHR advising that ‘... we have received your application to be relieved of duty here to enable you to join up for duty in HM Army Pay Department’. ‘We have carefully considered your application and in doing so have taken into account your age, your length of service in the Bank and your active service during the last war. We regret we must refuse your application, and reserve such permits, as we are able to grant, for much younger men’.
[DHR also considered that he had been given private assurances by an un-named Director that there would be no difficulty in leaving the bank for Active Service.]
Personal letter to the Under Secretary of State, The War Office dated 24th April 1940 (from D H R, NB, Head Office) referring to a letter dated 16th April 1940. DHR indicates ‘ .... that a difficulty has been raised by the Bank, at the last minute ....’. He goes on to say that ‘ ... the objections are most unreasonable ....’. DHR indicates that the Bank have an objection to him joining the Royal Army Pay Corps but no objection to him being called up for service in the Royal Artillery again.
Revels retired from the bank on 30th June 1941.
Revels completed sections of the above mentioned document as follows:
Decorations held: General Service & Victory Medals (was recommended for MC)
Occupation: Bank official (was Branch Manager)
- Education: Newry Intermediate School; Shaftesbury House, Belfast
- Previous Service: Inns of Court OTC (Cavalry) 12/15 to 04/16; RHA St John’s Wood, Cadet 04/16 to 11/16; Commissioned RH & RFA (SR) & RARO 11/16 to 02/38
- Preferred working with horses rather than duty with an infantry regiment.
- “The usual Field ...... with a Battery of Horses .... Artillery on Active .... France ....”
- Has an intimate knowledge of Belgium, France, Arabia, Ireland.
- Qualifications: Usual instruction in M.G. (presume machine guns); School of Gunnery 1916; Course of Signalling; Veterinary Course (1917); Gas Course (passed 1st class)
- Service Overseas: France 1916-18; Arabia
- W F Scott, Northern Bank, Head Office – Chairman of Directors;
- Capt F W White, Northern Bank, Head Office – Director.
Signed 26th April 1945 (late Lieutenant Paymaster RA)
- Certificate states ‘if he is granted a commission, he will serve with the Cadet Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers.
In 1943, he was made Paymaster with the Royal Army Pay Corps (RAPC).
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Northern Bank, Carrick-on-Shannon branchThe website Buildings of Ireland records the following:
Detached four-bay two-storey over basement Victorian bank, built c.1880. Hipped tiled roof with red brick and stone-dressed chimneystacks. Red brick front and side elevations with sandstone string courses and dressings, and recessed brick panels with torus- moulded surrounds and quoins. Rendered rear elevation with two-storey over basement return. Cambered-arched openings with ovolo-moulded brick surrounds, timber sash windows and sandstone label mouldings to facade. Sandstone balconet to first floor of façade supported by brackets. Round-headed window to side elevation. Carved stone doorcase with overlight and sandstone overdoor. Accessed from pavement via concrete bridge over area. Rendered and stone wall to street with wrought-iron railings.
This attractive Victorian bank building of red brick is unusual in Carrick-on-Shannon as the majority of buildings are rendered. The elaborate carved stone dressings and contrasting brick emphasise the artistic quality. The decorative brackets to the chimneystacks are an interesting feature. Over time this building has retained its original function as well as retaining its original fabric.