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Friday, 9 November 2012

Ferris, John Lindsay

Lieutenant John Lindsay Ferris
was born in Ballinamore on 13th April 1881.  He was the son of Robert Foster Ferris (bank clerk) and Maud Ferris.  In 1901, the family were living at 11 Eglantine Avenue; in 1911 they had moved to 232 Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast and in 1918 they had moved to 23 Rosemount Gardens, Belfast.  The family attended Fortwilliam Park Congregational Church. 
He joined Northern Bank on 14th August 1897 at Head Office – Secretary’s Department.  Transfers followed with Relief staff (1908) and Donegall Square (1912).  

Northern Banking Company, Donegall Square

On 12th March 1915, Ferris enlisted into the 18th Bn. RIR, aged 33, before being promoted to 2nd Lieutenant.  He was posted to the 12th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles and then transferred to the Machine-Gun Corps.  Ferris saw service with the British Expeditionary Force and was later promoted to Lieutenant.  He saw action in the Somme 1916 (Thiepval), Arras (Hindenburg Line) and the Allied advance 1918.  Demobilisation came on 22nd March 1919 and he was awarded the 1914/15 Star, the British Victory Medal and the British War Medal. 
Following demobilisation, Ferris rejoined the Northern Bank on 14th April 1919 in Head Office.  Transfers followed to Connswater Agency (1919), Head Office (1920), Ballynafeigh – manager (1921), Head Office (1931) and Shaftesbury Square (1940).  
He retired on 28th February 1941.
Ferris is commemorated on the Fortwilliam Park Congregational Church Roll of Honour. 

The Staff Magazine ‘The Link (August 1981)’ contains a photograph of Ferris in a 1913 Northern Bank Staff Golf outing.

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