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Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Irvine, Walter Frederick - WWII Service

Major Walter Frederick Irvine MBE

was born on 2nd June 1898.

Irvine joined Belfast Banking Company on 21st September 1914.

Following demobilisation from the Great War, Irvine returned to work for Belfast Bank.

See the Belfast Banking Company WWI section for his early career.

Irvine, Walter Frederick - Great War

As Irvine was a Lisburn resident, it is possible that he attended this service at the Lisburn War Memorial (temporary wooden one).

Over 110 members of the Lisburn British Legion branch attended the annual Remembrance Service in First Lisburn Church on Sunday, 13th November 1938.  Assembling at their Headquarters in Sackville Street, the ex-Servicemen were under the command of Captain W F Irvine, chairman.

Irvine saw service again in WWII as a Captain in the Royal Ulster Rifles before transferring to the Royal Irish Fusiliers on 30th April 1941.  On 20th July 1942, he transferred to the Pioneer Corps.  On 16th June 1945, Irvine relinquished his commission on grounds of disability.  He was then granted the honorary rank of Major.

Following his demobilisation after WWII, Irvine returned to work eventually ending up working in Accountants Department. He also worked in Central branch.

Retirement came on 1st December 1959.  He was appointed as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE).

He died on 14th February 1984. 

Irvine is the only official to have served in both wars.

First published on 12th November 2012.

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