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Friday, 9 November 2012

Watkinson, Henry Siddle


Henry Siddle Watkinson
was born on 22nd April 1898.  He was the son of Richard and Elizabeth Watkinson.  In 1901, the family are living in house 93, Madrid Street, Pottinger Ward, Belfast.  By 1911, the family have moved to house 58, The Mount, Ormeau Ward, Belfast. 
On ‘Ulster Day’, Saturday, 28th September 1912, Elsie and Robert (sister and brother of Henry) signed the Women’s Declaration and the Ulster Covenant at St Clements Parish Church and the City Hall, Belfast respectively. 
On 7th July 1915, Watkinson joined Northern Bank at Head Office.  Whilst based in Head Office he volunteered and enlisted into the Royal Army Service Corps (Mec. Transport) (RASC).   He moved to the 3rd Bn. Leinster Regiment before being demobilised in January 1919. 
Following demobilisation he rejoined Northern Bank on 10th February 1919.  Transfers followed to Grafton Street (1926), Head Office (1926), Royal Avenue (1929), Armagh (1936), Downpatrick (1940), Fivemiletown (1947) and Dromore (1950). 



Northern Banking Company Limited, Downpatrick

He retired on 31st January 1961 and died in 1973. 
Mrs I Watkinson, the widow of H S Watkinson attended the 2000 re-dedication ceremony of the Rolls of Honour. 
The Staff Magazine ‘The Link (August 1980)’ contains a photograph of Watkinson in Royal Avenue branch in 1930.

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