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Friday, 9 November 2012

Stewart, Isaac Irwin

Sergeant Isaac Irwin Stewart
was born on 4th February 1890.  He was the son of George and Margaret A Stewart.  In 1901 the family lived in house 42, Ballyness, Gelvin, Co. Londonderry.  He was of Presbyterian faith. 
On 8th April 1908, he joined Northern Bank at Head Office.  Transfers followed to Bray (1908), Head Office (1909) and Coleraine (1910).  In 1911, Stewart was boarding in house 29, Railway Road, Coleraine, Co. Londonderry.  He is described as a Bank Official. 
Further transfers followed to Head Office (1914), Royal Avenue (1914) and Beragh (1914). 
Whilst based in Beragh, he volunteered and enlisted into the 14th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles as a Private for the duration of the war.  He may also have served in the Young Citizen Volunteers (11th Bn. RIR).  He served in the British Expeditionary Force before being posted to the 19th (Res.) Royal Irish Rifles.  Later he was promoted to Sergeant.  Service was seen in the Somme 1916 (Thiepval).  Stewart was injured once; a gunshot wound to the right hand and right leg.  Demobilisation came in February 1919.  

He was awarded the 1914/15 Star, the British Victory Medal and the British War Medal. 
Following demobilisation, Stewart rejoined the Northern Bank on 10th February 1919 at Head Office.  Transfers followed to Shaftesbury Square (1921), Ballybay (1926), Donegall Square (1928), Fintona (1936) and Newry – manager (1941). 

Northern Banking Company, Donegall Square

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