He joined Northern Bank on 6th January 1903 at Head Office. Transfers followed to Clones (1903), Downpatrick (1905), Newry (1907), Head Office (1907), Londonderry (1908), Southern (1910) and Head Office (1911). By 1911, Harrip was boarding in house 8, St. Anne’s Villas, Merchant’s Quay, Dublin. He is described as a Bank Clerk.
Battalion records record his address on enlistment as Tougherdoo, Dromore, Co. Tyrone and his next of kin as his mother with surname Gibson.
He served with the British Expeditionary Force and transferred into the 16th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles (Pioneers). He was promoted to Corporal on 4th April 1916 and was a Signaller in the battalion. Further promotion to Sergeant followed.
Harrip saw action at Somme 1916, Messines 1917, Langemarck 1917 (Ypres), Cambrai 1917, St. Quentin 1918 and Passchendaele 1918.
In August 1916 he was photographed by Cpl George Hackney at Ploegstreert, Belgium, close to Messines. In the photograph he is managing the battalion mail and Hackney describes the men in the photograph as 'Postmen'.
Photograph by Corporal George Hackney
via Mark Scott Photography
Demobilisation came in January 1919. He was awarded the 1914/15 Star (dis-embarked on 5th October 1915), the British Victory Medal and the British War Medal. Although the Medal Index Card indicates his rank was Corporal, it is the Northern Banking Company Centenary Volume that records him as being promoted to Sergeant. The original medals and leather service number tags have been framed along with those of another Northern Banking Company official, J E Bullick.
Following demobilisation, Harrip rejoined the Northern Bank on 20th January 1919 at Head Office. A transfer followed to Connswater in 1940.
Retirement came on 30th June 1947.
The Staff Magazine ‘The Link (August 1981)’ contains a photograph of Harrip in a 1913 Northern Bank Staff Golf outing.
Also see the biography on J E Walsh.
Some of the information in this biography has been supplied by Mark Scott.
The photographs of George Hackney featured in a BBC NI television documentary shown in November 2014.