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Saturday, 10 November 2012

Grant, Andrew Walter

Lieutenant Andrew Walter Grant
was born in Belfast on 5th April 1893.  He was the son of James and Mary Grant.  In 1901 the family were living in house 96, Donegall Pass, Belfast.  He is recorded as of Church of Ireland faith. 
On 17th June 1910, Grant joined Northern Bank at Head Office.  By 1911, Grant was boarding in house 41, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim.  He is described as a Bank Official.  A possible colleague, John Lous (27, Bank Official) is also boarding in this house.  Transfers followed with Drumshanbo (1910) and Londonderry (1912). 

Northern Banking Company Limited, Londonderry

Whilst in Londonderry branch, Grant enlisted into the 6th Bn. Black Watch.  He served with the British Expeditionary Force, was promoted to Corporal in April 1915, Sergeant in June 1915 before being Gazetted as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.  Later he was promoted to Lieutenant and attached to HQ 16th (Irish) Division.  Grant saw action in Festubert 1915, Somme 1916 and Messines 1917.  He received 3 gunshot wounds in separate incidents.  Demobilisation came on 21st May 1919 and he was awarded the 1914/15 Star, the British Victory Medal and the British War Medal. 
Following demobilisation, Grant served in Newry (1920), Head Office – relief (1925), Ballymena (1925), Newry (1927), refused Dungloe branch (1932), Londonderry (1935), Willowfield (1938) and Ballynahinch (1944). 

Northern Banking Company, Ballymena

Also see his brother James Herbert Grant, Belfast Banking company.

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