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Thursday, 8 November 2012

Bagshaw, Robert


Trooper Robert Bagshaw
was born in Manchester on 28th December 1884.   He was the son of Alice Rebecca Bagshaw and is of Church of Ireland faith. 
He joined Northern Bank on 17th May 1900 in Head Office.  

In 1901, he was living in house 122, 'Craythorpe', Upper Newtownards Road, Knock, Belfast with his step-father, Andrew Magowan and his mother.  

A transfer to Royal Avenue (1902) was followed by Head Office (1908), Shaftesbury Square (1911) and Head Office (1915).  By 1911, he was living in house 113, Eglantine Avenue, Belfast.  The Census record describes his occupation as a ‘Solicitors Typist’ and his sister, Amy (27) is described as a Bank Clerk. 

On ‘Ulster Day’, Saturday, 28th September 1912, Bagshaw signed the Ulster Covenant at the Old Town Hall, Belfast. 
Whilst in Head Office, he enlisted on 8th December 1915 as a Trooper into the North Irish Horse aged 30.  He served with the British Expeditionary Force and saw action at Arras 1917, Ypres 1917 and Cambrai 1917.  Bagshaw was demobilised in February 1919 and was awarded the British Victory Medal and the British War Medal. 
Following demobilisation, Bagshaw rejoined the Northern Bank on 24th February 1919 and was posted to Falls branch.  Further transfers followed with Head Office (1919). 
Bagshaw retired on 31st January 1941. 
He died on 25th November 1959 aged 74.

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