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Saturday, 10 November 2012

McSparron, Archibald


2nd Lieutenant Archibald McSparron
was born on 16th July 1883.  

He was the son of Andrew McSparron and Mary McSparron.  In 1901, the family are living in house 5, Killunaught, Owenreagh, Co. Londonderry.  He was of Presbyterian faith.
On 20th March 1902, McSparron joined Northern Bank at Head Office.  Transfers followed to Carrickfergus (1902), Ball’s Branch (1903), Head Office (1903), Grafton Street (1903) and Donegall Square (1915).  


Northern Banking Company, Donegall Square


In 1911, McSparron is boarding in house 21, St Lawrence Road, Clontarf West, Dublin.  He is recorded as a Bank Official.  A possible colleague, Joseph Dunlop Henderson (32 – Bank Official) is also boarding in this house. 
On ‘Ulster Day’, Saturday, 28th September 1912, a number of Archie McSparron’s family signed the Ulster Covenant in Londonderry. 
Whilst serving in Donegall Square, 32 year old McSparron volunteered and enlisted into the North Irish Horse as a Trooper.  He joined the British Expeditionary Force and was promoted first to a Lance Corporal before being gazetted as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 5th Bn. Leinsters.  Service was seen in the Somme 1916 and in Messines 1917.  Demobilisation came in February 1919.  

He was awarded the British Victory Medal and the British War Medal. 
Following demobilisation, McSparron rejoined the Northern Bank on 10th March 1919 at Head Office.  Transfers followed with Grafton Street (1919), Ball’s Branch (1919), Bray (1920) and Fintona – manager (1923). 

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