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Friday, 9 November 2012

Eakin, Herbert James

Lance Corporal Herbert James Eakin
was born in Bailieborough on 16th July 1897.  He was the son of Samuel Eakin and Essie Eakin.  In 1901 the family lived in house 2, Derrydamph, Skeagh, Co. Cavan.  By 1911, their property is known as house 1, Derrydamph, Skeagh, Co. Cavan.  He was of Presbyterian faith. 
On ‘Ulster Day’, Saturday, 28th September 1912, Eakin signed the Ulster Covenant at the 1st Presbyterian Church, Bailieborough. 
On 14th July 1915, Eakin joined Northern Bank at Head Office.  He was based in Keady branch on 11th December 1915 when he enlisted into the North Irish Horse as a Trooper aged 18.  Service was with the British Expeditionary Force.  Promotion to Lance Corporal followed.  Eakin saw action in Arras 1917, Ypres 1917, Cambrai 1917, Epey, Morval and Bapaume.  He was demobilised in February 1919 and was awarded the British Victory Medal and the British War Medal. 
After demobilisation, Eakin rejoined the Northern Bank on 11th March 1919 at Head Office.   Transfers followed to Limavady (1919), Kilrea (1920), Ballynafeigh (1921), Castlewellan (1922), Ball’s Branch (1926), Lisburn (1936), Donegall Square (1938, Lisburn (1942) and Hillsborough (1944). 

Northern Banking Company, Donegall Square

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