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Friday, 9 November 2012

Wilson, Henry Pringle Malcomson

2nd Lieutenant Henry Pringle Malcomson Wilson
was born in Belfast on 20th August 1888.  He was the son of George and Mary Sophia Wilson.  In 1901, the family are living in house 18, The Diamond, Coleraine, Co. Londonderry.  George describes his occupation as a Branch Bank Manager. 
On 11th April 1905, Wilson joined Northern Bank at Head Office.   Transfers followed to Whitehead (1911) and Royal Avenue (1912).  

In 1911, Wilson was boarding in house 39, Rugby Road, Cromac Ward, Belfast.  He is described as a Bank Official and was of Presbyterian faith.
On 12th February 1916, whilst based in Royal Avenue, he volunteered and enlisted into the Honourable Artillery Coy (Infantry) as a Private aged 27.  He served in the British Expeditionary Force and was promoted to Sergeant in 1917 before being gazetted as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment.  Wilson saw service at Serre 1917, Bullecourt 1917, Malplaquet 1918 and the Allied Advance 1918.  

Demobilisation came in March 1919.  He was awarded the British Victory Medal and the British War Medal. 
Following demobilisation, Wilson rejoined the Northern Bank on 1st April 1919 at Royal Avenue.  Transfers followed to Ballymoney (1923), Magherafelt (1933), Ballynahinch (1938) and Shaftesbury Square (1944). 

The Campbell College Register of Lennon Wylie records Wilson, Henry Pringle Malcolmson, b. 20th August, 1888, son of Geo. Wilson, 58 South Parade, Belfast. L.V, Dec., 1904. Bank Official. Great War: H.A.C., 2nd Lieut., 1918. Manager, Northern Bank, Magherafelt; Manager, Northern Bank, Ballynahinch, (1938-44); Manager, Shaftesbury Square, Belfast, 1944-50. Retired, 1950. Address: 30 Kensington Park, Bangor, Co. Down. (M.q.)

Acknowledgements to lennonwylie.

He retired on 31st May 1950.
Wilson died on 2nd August 1977. 
The Staff Magazine ‘The Link (August 1981)’ contains a photograph of Wilson in a 1913 Northern Bank Staff Golf outing.

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