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Saturday, 10 November 2012

Sloane, Andrew Young

Lieutenant Andrew Young Sloane
was born in Roslea on 18th March 1894.  He was the son of John Moorhead Sloane and Eliza Anne Sloane.  In 1901, the family lived in house, 9, Rosslea Village, Rosslea, Co. Fermanagh.  By 1911, the family property was known as house 48, Rosslea Town, Rosslea, Co. Fermanagh.  He was of Church of Ireland faith. 
Sloane joined Northern Bank at Head Office on 14th March 1913.  Transfers followed to Kilrea (1913) and Ballynahinch (1913). 
On 1st December 1914, whilst in Ballynahinch branch, he volunteered and enlisted into the Royal Army Ordnance Corps (RAOC) as a Private aged 19.  He transferred to the Canadian Artillery, was promoted to Sergeant, and then Gazetted as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Garrison Artillery.  Further promotion to Lieutenant followed before moving to the British Expeditionary Force.  Service was seen in Ypres 1915, Festubert 1915, Somme 1916, Messines 1917, Cambrai 1917 and the Allied Retreat 1918.  Sloane was injured 4 times; gassed, gunshot wound, a further gunshot wound and another gassing.  Demobilisation came in February 1919.  He was awarded the 1914/15 Star, the British Victory Medal and the British War Medal. 
Following demobilisation, Sloane rejoined the Northern Bank on 23rd April 1919 at Head Office.  Transfers followed to Lisburn (1919), Boyle (1920), Head Office (1922), Ball’s Branch (1924), Head Office (1924), Shaftesbury Square (1925), Ballynahinch (1931), Limavady (1931), Newry (1940) and Keady – manager (1943). 

Sloane retired on 31st March 1958.

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