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Monday, 12 November 2012

O'Neill, John Rory Pyrde

Flight Lieutenant John Rory Pryde O’Neill
was born on 16th June 1911 of 69 Eglantine Avenue, Belfast. He was of Church of Ireland faith. 
On 20th September 1930 O’Neill joins Northern Bank at Head Office.  Transfers follow to Ballynafeigh (1931), Newcastle (1934), Head Office (1935), Crumlin Road (1935), Head Office (1939), Connswater (1940) and Head Office (1940). 
He was released for Active Service on 19th December 1940 to the RAF (Executive Branch) as an Acting Pilot Officer with Service Number 89563.  In 1941, the London Gazette described his unit as the ‘Equipment Branch’.  Promotions to Pilot Officer, Flying Officer and Flight Lieutenant followed. 
O’Neill resumed duty with the Northern Bank on 13th August 1946 at Head Office. 
He resigned in 1946 to take up a post with British European Airways (BEA). 

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