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Saturday, 10 November 2012

Small, Thomas Milliken

Regimental Quarter Master Sergeant (RQMS) Thomas Milliken Small
was born in Keady on 24th March 1889. 

He was the son of Kate E K Small and was of Presbyterian faith.  In 1901 the family lived in house 65, Main Street, Keady, Co. Armagh. 
On 10th April 1907 he joined Northern Bank at Head Office.  Transfers followed to Downpatrick (1907), Head Office (1907), Ballymena (1907), Grafton Street (1908), Head Office (1909), Grafton Street (1909) and Head Office (1910).  In 1911, the family have moved to house 6, Groomsport Road, Bangor, Co. Down.  He is described as a Bank Clerk. 

Northern Banking Company Limited, Downpatrick

Northern Banking Company, Ballymena

On 11th September 1914, Small volunteered and enlisted into the 13th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles as a Private aged 25.  He served with the British Expeditionary Force before being posted to the 16th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles.  Promotion to Company Quarter Master Sergeant and Regimental Quarter Master Sergeant followed.  Service was seen in the Somme 1917 (Thiepval), Messines 1917, Ypres 1917 and Courtrai 1918.  Demobilisation came in May 1919.  He was Mentioned in Despatches and awarded the 1914/15 Star, the British Victory Medal and the British War Medal. 
Following demobilisation, he rejoined the Northern Bank on 10th June 1919 at Head Office.  A transfer to Dungannon as manager followed in 1935.   
Small retired on 30th June 1941.
He died on 31st August 1955 aged 66.

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