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Thursday, 8 November 2012

Fitzsimons, Charles Kevin

Private Charles Kevin Fitzsimons
was born in Newry on 9th November 1890.

His family were of Roman Catholic faith.

He joined Northern Bank on 10th June 1909 at Head Office.  Transfers followed to Mohill (1909), Ballycastle (1912) and Shercock (1914).  By 1911, Fitzsimons is boarding in house 58, Main Street, Mohill with a colleague, William Harris Boyd (27).  Fitzsimons is described as a Bank Clerk.

On 6th October 1914 (aged 23), whilst based in Shercock branch, he enlisted into the Royal Army Medical Corps as a Private with Service Number 42865.  He served with the British Expeditionary Force in France and saw further action during the Suvla Bay landings at Gallilopi and in Salonika.  

Later he transferred to the 2nd Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers with Service Number 52866.  Further action was seen in Suvla Bay, Serbian Retreat, Struma Valley, Gaza and Nablus (Palestine) before being demobilised in April 1919.

Fitzsimons was awarded the 1914/15 Star, the British Victory Medal and the British War Medal.

Following demobilisation, he rejoined the Northern Bank on 23rd April 1919 at Shercock.  Transfers followed to Ballycastle (1919) and then in charge of Shercock (1921).  Further transfers followed with Dowra (1921), Shercock (1924), Skerries (1925), Head Office (1925), Oldcastle (1934) and Head Office (1935).

He died on 10th March 1953 aged 62.

Fitzsimons was commemorated in a Gallipoli Centenary event at the Northern Banking Company exhibit, Ulster Folk Museum, Cultra in April 2015.

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