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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]

Thompson, Eric Nelson


Captain Eric Nelson Thompson
was born on 20th May 1922.  From Scotch Street, Downpatrick, he was of Church of Ireland faith
On 29th May 1941 Thompson joined Northern Bank at Head Office.  Transfers followed to Donegall Square (1941), Head Office (1941), Maghera (1941), Head Office (1942) and Bangor (1942). 


Northern Banking Company, Donegall Square

He resigned on 15th February 1944 for Active Duty. 

In 1945, the London Gazette reports a Cadet Eric Nelson Thompson with Service Number (Other Ranks) 13119428 being promoted to 2nd Lieutenant with Service Number (Officer) 352446.  

His unit is recorded as the Pioneer Corps.  Promotion to Lieutenant from an Emergency Commission came in 1950 and he was granted the honorary rank of Captain (Royal Pioneer Corps). 
On 1st October 1947 Thompson resumed duty with the Northern Bank at Head Office.  A transfer to Lisburn (1947) followed with further moves to Newcastle, Lisburn and Antrim.  In 1975 he was transferred from Antrim – manager to Ballyclare – manager. 
The Staff Magazine ‘The Link’ (Summer 1981) records his retirement on 31st March 1981 with an article and a photograph.


E N Thompson died on 28th November 2013.

THOMPSON, ERIC NELSON - September 28, 2013, peacefully, at Clonlee Private Nursing Home, loving husband of the late Joyce, formerly of Templepatrick, loving and devoted father of Anne and Karen, dear grandfather of Monika and great-grandfather of Lena-Marie.  
A Service of Thanksgiving for his life will be held in Bairds Funeral Home, Antrim on Friday 4th October at 11.00 a.m., and afterwards to Belmont Cemetery. Family flowers only please. 
Donations in lieu, if desired, made payable to Cancer Research, c/o Bairds Funeral Directors, 71 Church Street, Antrim, BT41 4BE. 
Lovingly remembered and sadly missed by the entire family circle. You will always have a place in our hearts.

Moore, William Edward


William Edward Moore
was born on 30th April 1914.
He joined the Belfast Banking Company on 1st July 1932. 
Following his return from War Service, Moore is recorded as being a member of the Belfast Banking Company Sports Club on 28th March 1946 paying 5 shillings subscription. 
At that time he was in Central branch.  Transfers followed to Newtownards (1957), Head Office (1960), Downpatrick (1963) and Newtownards (1970).

Carson, John


Lieutenant John Carson (RN)
was born on 7th November 1912 of Presbyterian faith.
On 7th April 1931 Carson joined Northern Bank at Head Office.  Transfers followed to Grafton Street – relief (1931), Ball’s Branch (1931), Newtownstewart (1934), Shaftesbury Square (1935), Omagh (1939), Head Office (1940) and Newtownards (1942). 
Carson was on ‘Active Service’ between 23rd May 1942 and 5th June 1946 with the Royal Navy.  His final rank is recorded as Lieutenant (RNVR). 
Following his return from service, Carson rejoined Northern Bank at Head Office.  Transfers followed to Royal Avenue (1947), Antrim Road (1953), Head Office (1953), Donegall Square (1957), Knock (1963), Windsor (1963) and Randalstown (1967). 


Northern Banking Company, Donegall Square

On 10th January 1952, Carson became the ‘Mine Watching Service Officer’ for Belfast.

Carson retired as manager of Carrickfergus branch.

Bristow, John Follett


Squadron Leader John Follett Bristow
was born in the District Township of Krugersdorp, South Africa on 5 May 1907 and baptised at St. Peters, Krugersdorp on 16 June 1907 and was baptised at St. Peters, Krugersdorp on 16 June 1907.
Bristow joined Northern Bank on 11th May 1925 in Head Office.  Transfers followed to Antrim Road (1925), Head Office (1927), Connswater (1931), Head Office (1933) and Lisburn (1940). 
In 1928 he joined the RAF Special Reserve.
On 2nd December 1940, he joined the RAF Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR).  His Service Number was 89053.  Promotion came in July 1941 to Pilot Officer, Flying Officer in December 1941 and Flight Lieutenant in December 1942.  The London Gazette records him as being a War Substantive Squadron Leader from December 1943.  He relinquished his commission in July 1963 with a rank of Flight Lieutenant, RAF Secretarial Branch. 

The following sections have been provided via comments left:

John Follett Bristow was son to Captain Samuel Follett Bristow. For instance -

Captain Samuel Follett Bristow – first Rank: Lieutenant - The Royal Irish Rifles; Dark Green Facings, 4th Battalion {formerly the Queen's Royal Rifles}: obtained, 3 November 1897; see - Lieutenant General H. G. Hart, (ed), The new annual army list; militia list, and yeomanry cavalry list, for 1898 (being the fifty-ninth annual volume), containing dates of commissions, and a summary of the war services of nearly every officer in the army, supply & c., departments, marines, and Indian staff corps, and Indian local forces, corrected to the 31 December 1897, with an index by the late Lieutenant General H. G. Hart, vol. lix, (London, 1898), p. 371; he served in the Anglo-Boer War with 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Riffles. Later Rank: Second Lieutenant. 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Riffles and embarked for South Africa on 26 October 1899. See – Lieutenant General H. G. Hart, (ed), Harts Annual Army List; Included in this volume, The Royal Company of Archers: The King's Body Guard for Scotland, vol. lxiv (London, 1903), p. 345. Soon after seconded for service with the South African Constabulary on 15 November 1900 – See The London Gazette, 16 April 1901, p. 2620; and by 1902 obtained the rank of Captain: E Division South African Constabulary. Captain Samuel Follett Bristow was severely wounded during a skirmish at Leeuwpan on 1 May 1902 – See Belfast Telegraph, 8 May 1902].

Squadron Leader John Follett Bristow’s mother was Alice Maud Bristow ńee McLeod/Green. For instance -

Alice Maud Bristow ńee McLeod/Green was daughter to Henry Green of Kimberley, Cape Province, South Africa. The latter was born Montreal Canada, 23 August 1818 and died Springkloof Barkly West, Cape Province, South Africa, 26 September 1884 – See Probate Records of the Supreme Court, Africa, 1871-1937. Alice Maud Bristow ńee McLeod/Green’s mother was Ida Johanna Caroline Green ńee Von Lilienstein of Baronrath and Wessels Roads, Cape Province, South Africa. The latter was born a German Countess in c.1837 and died Claremont, Cape Province, South Africa on 13 May 1911: see - South Africa, Cape Province, Civil Deaths. Alice Maud Bristow ńee McLeod/Green was married first to Arthur James McLeod of Bulawayo, South Africa. The latter was an Attorney of Law. Her second husband was Captain Samuel Follett Bristow of E Division South African Constabulary.

During 1905 to 1908 Captain Samuel Follett Bristow of E Division South African Constabulary was promoted to Inspector of the newly constituted Transvaal {South African Republic} Police. Following Inspector Samuel Follett Bristow’s death in c. 1911, Alice Maud Bristow ńee McLeod/Green made her way to Ireland with her 3 sons – one of whom was John Follett Bristow. No doubt the reason why Alice Maud Bristow ńee McLeod/Green decided to move from Africa to Ireland was because her late husband’s family were from there. Indeed, Inspector Samuel Follett Bristow’s father was The Very Rev. Dean John Bristow M. A of Down and Connor; Incumbent of Gleneraig, County Down in 1863 and Rector of St. James, Belfast in 1890. The Very Rev. Dean John Bristow M. A was brother to James Thom[p]son Bristow. For instance -

James Thom[p]son Bristow was the eldest son of James Bristow of Belfast; he was appointed pro-Director of the Northern Banking Company in 1848 and in 1852 he was elected as a Director of the Northern Banking Company. During 1863 to 1867 James Thom[p]son Bristow became Managing Director of the Northern Banking Company, following the death of his father - See Belfast Weekly News, 28 July 1877.

Thus, Inspector Samuel Follett Bristow’s great grandfather was James Bristow - Managing Director of the Northern Banking Company. This individual was one of the early founders of the Northern Bank and one of a long line of Bristow’s who had occupied positions of authority in this institution during the late ninetieth and early twentieth century.

Squadron Leader John Follet Bristow married his wife Marjorie Isobel Bristow ńee McKee at McCracken Memorial Presbyterian Church, Upper Malone, Belfast on 3 November 1935 [See - Belfast Newsletter, 4 July 1935. By 1935 John Follett Bristow's mother - widow Alice Maud Bristow ńee McLeod/Green, had remarried for the third time to Brown Sproule Campbell and had relocated with her husband to Kenya, Africa. Brown Sproule Campbell died in the Eldoret District of Kenya Colony on 10 January 1935. At which point Alice Maud Campbell was named as the administrator of his estate by His Majesties Supreme Court of Kenya - See: The Official Gazette of the Colony and Protectorate of Kenya, vol. xxxvii, No. 15 (Nairobi, 26 March 1935), p. 280. Brown Sproule Campbell was a Chartered Accountant whose birth was registered in Belfast in 1886. The latter was son to a Shipyard Manager - William Campbell of 5 Kansas Avenue, Clifton, Belfast - See Census of Ireland 1911.

Alice Maud Bristow ńee McLeod/Green and Brown Sproule Campbell had married in Belfast in 1918. Brown Sproule Campbell was an Accountant in Muncipality of Eldoret, Kenya Colony in 1934. The latter’s wife remained in Eldoret until at least 1938. In fact, she was registered up until that point on the Eldoret Electoral Roll. Alice Maud Campbell ńee Bristow/McLeod/Green and Brown Sproule Campbell boarded the ship Tanganjika - destination: Mombasa on 23 December 1929. There address at that point in time was 59 Botanic Gardens Belfast. The couple travelled from Kenya to Northern Ireland in 1934 and stayed at 33 Ulsterville Avenue, Belfast. In 1948 Alice Maud Campbell ńee Bristow/McLeod/Green returned to Northern Ireland from Kenya and visited 16 Shrewsbury Gardens, Belfast.

Squadron Leader John Follett Bristow’s wife Marjorie Isobel Bristow ńee McKee was a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music and a Licentiate of the Guildhall School of Music. The latter was daughter to George McKee of Deramore Park, Belfast and her residence at the time of her death was 16 Shrewsbury Gardens, Belfast, BT9 6PJ. This of course was the same address that her mother-in-law Alice Maud Campbell ńee Bristow/McLeod/Green had visited on her return visit from Kenya to Belfast to see her son and his family in 1948.

Squadron Leader John Follett Bristow was transferred from the Royal Airforce General Duties Branch to the Royal Airforce Special Reserves on 21 December 1927. His Service Record with the RAFSR was started on 5 January 1928 and his temporary rank as Pilot Officer was announced on 3 January 1928. Between 14 January 1929 and 26 January 1929 Pilot Officer John Follett Bristow was assessed at RAF Eastchurch. He obtained scores of 96 per cent in gunning and 75 per cent in bombing. His assessor wrote that Pilot Officer John Follett Bristow was ‘a very keen and intelligent Officer. He knows the Lewis gun thoroughly [and] has a working knowledge of the bomb sight’. Not long after this assessment The London Gazette, reported on 2 July 1929, that Pilot Officer John Follett Bristow’s rank was officially confirmed; however, on 8 September 1933 the latter relinquished his commission on completion of his Service. 7 years later, Pilot Officer John Follett Bristow reapplied to the RAF on 15 July 1940. At this point his goal was to join the RAF Volunteer Reserves and, indeed, it was mentioned on his Service Record that his home address was 16 Shrewsbury Gardens, Belfast, Northern Ireland and that in civilian life he was a Bank Official in the Northern Banking Co., Belfast.

I noticed you said that you weren’t aware of any children, but Squadron Leader John Follett Bristow and Marjorie Isobel Bristow ńee McKee did have a son. His name was Colin George Bristow, the 2x great grandson of James Bristow: Managing Director of the Northern Banking Company, great grandson of The Very Rev. Dean John Bristow M. A of Down and Connor and grandson of Inspector Samuel Follett Bristow of the Transvaal {South African Republic} Police.
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Following demobilisation, Bristow resumed duty in the Bank on 15th November 1945 in Head Office.  Transfers followed to Markets (1945), Donegall Square (1948) and Head Office (1966) as Sub Chief Accountant. 



Northern Banking Company, Donegall Square

He retired on 31st May 1970.

Squadron Leader John Follett Bristow died on 3rd January 2007 and is buried in his grandparents's family grave at Drumbeg Parish Church, Co. Down, Northern Ireland.