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Saturday, 10 November 2012

Pyper, Thomas Watters

Sergeant Thomas Watters Pyper
was born in 1884. 

He was the son of James Pyper and Annie Pyper.  In 1901 the family lived in house 9, Ballygilbert, Bangor, Co. Down.  Pyper is described as a bank Official.  
Pyper would have joined the Belfast Banking Company around 1901 working in Navan.
The ‘Bangor Golf Club 100 Years’ booklet describes their member (1904), T W Pyper winning the prize for best nett with a score of 88 gross.  Playing off 14, his nett score of 74 also won him £3. 
In 1910, Pyper was recorded as the Accountant in the Regent Street, Newtownards branch of the Belfast Banking Company.  By 1911 their property is described as house 17, Ballygilbert, Bangor, Co. Down.  He describes himself as a Bank Clerk. 
Pyper served with the North Irish Horse and attained the rank of Sergeant. 

The National Archives records a Medal Index Card as follows:

North Irish Horse, 1783, Private
According to the Comber War Memorial, a ‘T Pyper’ volunteered and served in World War I.

Following the creation of Northern Ireland, the Belfast Banking Company sold all its branches (and staff) to the Royal Bank of Ireland.  This may explain why the Pyper detailed below came to be residing in  Royal Bank House, Rathmines.

There is a T W Pyper buried in

Headstones: DUBLIN, Mount Jerome Cemetery, Part 1, Dublin.
In Memory of THOMAS WATERS PYPER, Royal Bank House, Rathmines, died 28th November 1944 and of his wife, KATHERINE EILEEN PYPER, died 11th March 1977, their daughter, AILEEN ANN (PEGGY) ROBINSON, died 25th Aug. 2005.  "Till day break".

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