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Monday, 12 November 2012

Bates, Arthur Henry

Major Arthur Henry Bates
was born on 17th October 1907 of Greenisland.   He was of Church of Ireland faith. 
Bates joined Northern Bank on 15th September 1925 at Head Office.  Transfers followed to Markets (1925), Head Office (1926), Markets (1926) and Head Office (1928). 
In 1939, Bates to apply for a Commission.  On 21st August 1939, he was ‘Called up for Active Service’ and joined the 23rd Battery, Royal Artillery as a 2nd Lieutenant with Service Number 87448.  In 1940 he was promoted to Captain in the 8th Anti Aircraft Regiment.  In 1941, he was to hold the rank of War Substantive Major. 
He is recorded as serving with H M Gabbey (Belfast Banking Company). 
On 12th November 1945, Bates resumed duty in the Bank at Head Office with a transfer to Royal Avenue soon after. 
Bates resigned from the Bank in 1947 to join the firm of Messrs Josias Cunningham & Co as a partner.

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