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Saturday, 10 November 2012

Orr, Frederick William

Lieutenant Frederick William Orr
was born in Loughgall in May 1887.  He was of Church of Ireland faith. 
On 14th June 1905, he joined Northern Bank at Head Office on 14th June 1905.  Transfer followed to Ballinamore (1905) and Downpatrick (1907.  In 1911, Orr is boarding in house 17, Church Street, Downpatrick, Co. Down.  He is recorded as a Bank Clerk.  A possible colleague, James Acheson Barrett (19 – Bank Clerk) is also boarding in this house. 

Northern Banking Company Limited, Downpatrick

On ‘Ulster Day’, Saturday, 28th September 1912, a Frederick William Orr signed the Ulster Covenant at the City Hall, Belfast giving his address as 210A Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast. 
On 8th December 1915, 28 year old Orr volunteered and enlisted into the Cadet Company, 19th Bn. RIR as a Private with his colleague, J Martin and an Ulster Bank, Downpatrick official named J R Buchanan.  Orr was gazetted as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 19th Bn. RIR and then joined the Salonica Expeditionary Force. He was later posted to the 6th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles and was promoted to Lieutenant. Service was seen in Gaza (Beersheba) and Palestine.  Orr received a gunshot wound to the knee and subsequently lost his right leg. 

Demobilisation came in November 1919 when he was invalided out of the service.  He was awarded the British Victory Medal and the British War Medal.

Following demobilisation, Orr rejoined the Northern Bank on 24th November 1919 at Head Office.  He was allowed 1 years seniority.  Transfers followed with Donegall Square (1920), Royal Avenue (1923), refused Portaferry (1926) and Whitehead – manager (1934). 

Northern Banking Company, Donegall Square

Northern Banking Company, Whitehead

The Staff Magazine ‘The Link (August 1981)’ contains a photograph of Orr in a 1913 Northern Bank Staff Golf outing. 
The Staff Magazine ‘The Link (August 1980)’ contains a photograph of Orr in Royal Avenue branch in 1930.

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