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Saturday, 10 November 2012

Tait, Hugh James

Cadet Hugh James Tait

was born in 1899. 

He was the son of James Tait.  In 1901, James Tait and Hugh James Tait were living in house 40, Knock Road, Pottinger Ward, Co. Down. 

In 1902 the house has been named by the owners as Belgrave Villa, Knock.  By 1911 the property is known as house 35, Knock Road, Pottinger Ward, Co. Down. 

On 28th September 1912, Tait signed the Ulster Covenant at the Old Town Hall, Belfast giving his address as Belgrave Villa, Knock, Belfast. 

Tait would have joined the Belfast Banking Company around 1916 and worked in Head Office.  

Tait served with the 17th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles and attained the rank of Cadet. 

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

The National Archives records a Medal Index Card as follows:

Royal Irish Rifles, 8/13905, Private

It is probable that the family home is now numbered as 64 Knock Road, Belfast and is described in the ‘Environmental Statement of the A55 Knock Road Widening Scheme’ published by the DRD in 2009:

“Belgrave Villa is a three-bay two-storey house, dated late Victorian circa 1900.  The house has a pitched roof with smooth rendered painted chimney, cast-iron rainwater goods and timber painted facia-board; smooth rendered painted walling with projecting rendered painted plinth; bow-fronted windows to ground floor with one-over-one sliding sash windows and stone painted sills; square-headed sliding-sash windows to first floor with moulded decorative architrave.  It has a round-headed glazed doorway with timber panelled painted door and moulded decorative side columns with relieving square-headed arch.  The house is accessed directly from Knock Road by means of concrete steps and a wrought iron painted gate.  This house is very well maintained and retains several original features including sliding sash windows, rainwater goods and doorway.  Of modest dimensions and architectural aesthetics, the house is deemed to be of local importance.”

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