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Thursday, 8 November 2012

Gilmore, William P E


William P E Gilmore
joined Northern Bank in 1907. 
In 1911, a William Gilmore (22) is boarding with his brother, Robert in house 54, Grove Park, Rathmines & Rathgar West, Dublin. Both are described as Bank Clerks.
He was based in Bray branch when he enlisted. 

Galway, Albert Bruce



Albert Bruce Galway
was born on 5th October 1898.  He was the son of Brice and Annie Elizabeth Galway.  In 1901 the family lived in house 2, Broad Street, Magherafelt, Co. Londonderry.  By 1911 the property was known as house 7. 
On 3rd April 1917 Galway joined Northern Bank at Carrick-on-Shannon branch. 
On 5th May 1917 Galway volunteered and enlisted into the North Irish Horse as a Private with Service Number 71846. 

Forde, James Elliott


2nd Lieutenant Theophelus James Elliott Forde
was born in Hilltown on 19th May 1890 of Church of Ireland faith.

He was the son of Rev. Robert Forde.

The Lennonwylie website records him being educated at Campbell College:

852. Forde, James Theophilus Elliott, b. 19th May, 1890, son of Rev. Robert Forde, Dundrum Rectory, Co. Down.  Brother of 970. IV, July, 1906.  Great War: Lieut., N.I.H. and Machine Gun Corps.  Chairman, Northern Bank Ltd.  Address: 34 Wellington Park, Belfast. (M.q.)

Following his education, Forde joined Northern Bank on 24th March 1909 in Head Office.  Transfers followed to Virginia (1909), Head Office (1909) and Grafton Street (1909).  

In 1911, Forde is boarding in house 8, Woodville, Sandford, Rathmines & Rathgar East, Dublin.  He is described as a Bank Clerk.

On 24th December 1915, aged 25, Forde volunteered and enlisted into the Inns of Court Officer Training Corps (OTC) as a Private.  He was gazetted as a 2nd Lieutenant with the Res Regiment of Hussars, transferred as a 2nd Lieutenant into the North Irish Horse, served with the British Expeditionary Force and seconded into the Machine-Gun Corps before re-transferring into the North Irish Horse.

Action was seen in the Allied Retreat 1918, the Allied Advance 1918 before being demobilised in March 1919.  Forde was awarded the British Victory Medal and the British War Medal.

Following demobilisation, Forde rejoined the Northern Bank at Ball’s Branch. Further transfers followed to Grafton Street – Donnybrook sub-office (1919), Coleraine (1921), Grafton Street (1925) and Donegall Square (1928).


Northern Banking Company, Donegall Square


Forde was appointed as a Director of Northern Bank in 1943. Later he was appointed Chairman.

Fitzsimons, Charles Kevin



Private Charles Kevin Fitzsimons
was born in Newry on 9th November 1890.  

His family were of Roman Catholic faith.

He joined Northern Bank on 10th June 1909 at Head Office.  Transfers followed to Mohill (1909), Ballycastle (1912) and Shercock (1914).  By 1911, Fitzsimons is boarding in house 58, Main Street, Mohill with a colleague, William Harris Boyd (27).  Fitzsimons is described as a Bank Clerk.

On 6th October 1914 (aged 23), whilst based in Shercock branch, he enlisted into the Royal Army Medical Corps as a Private with Service Number 42865.  He served with the British Expeditionary Force in France and saw further action during the Suvla Bay landings at Gallilopi and in Salonika.  

Later he transferred to the 2nd Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers with Service Number 52866.  Further action was seen in Suvla Bay, Serbian Retreat, Struma Valley, Gaza and Nablus (Palestine) before being demobilised in April 1919. 

Fitzsimons was awarded the 1914/15 Star, the British Victory Medal and the British War Medal.

Following demobilisation, he rejoined the Northern Bank on 23rd April 1919 at Shercock.  Transfers followed to Ballycastle (1919) and then in charge of Shercock (1921).  Further transfers followed with Dowra (1921), Shercock (1924), Skerries (1925), Head Office (1925), Oldcastle (1934) and Head Office (1935).
He died on 10th March 1953 aged 62.
Fitzsimons was commemorated in a Gallipoli Centenary event at the Northern Banking Company exhibit, Ulster Folk Museum, Cultra in April 2015.






Corkey, Herbert John


Herbert John Corkey
was born on 4th August 1898.  He was the son of John and Helen Louisa Corkey.  In 1901 the family lived in house 7, Donaghaguy, Warrenpoint.  By 1911 they had moved to house 1, Great George’s Street, Warrenpoint. 
On ‘Ulster Day’, Saturday, 28th September 1912, Corkey and his father signed the Ulster Covenant at Warrenpoint.  His mother, Helen signed the Women’s Declaration (Covenant). 
On 5th October 1914, Corkey joined Northern Bank at Head Office.  He was of Church of Ireland faith.  Transfers followed to Fintona (1914), Magherafelt (1916), Limavady (1916) and Head Office (1917).  Corkey volunteered and enlisted on 29th September 1917. 
Following demobilisation, Corkey rejoined Northern Bank on 7th April 1919 at Newry.  A transfer to Crumlin Road came in 1920.  
On 25th September 1920, he resigned and went to Canada.

Cooper, Thomas W



Warrant Officer (Class 2) Thomas W Cooper

was born in Winchester and joined Northern Bank in 1904.  

In 1911, Cooper is residing with his wife and family in house 116, Grafton Street, Dublin.  He is described as a Bank Porter.

Cooper was based in Grafton Street branch, Dublin when he enlisted into the 5th Bn. Royal Irish Regiment with Service Number 2033.  He saw service in Gallipoli, the landing at Sulvla Bay and in the Salonika Campaign (Retreat from Serbia). 

Following his promotion to Company Quarter Master Sergeant (CQMS) he was further promoted to Warrant Officer Class 2.

Cooper was demobilised in April 1919 and was awarded the 1914/15 Star, the British Victory Medal and the British War Medal.
Cooper was commemorated in a Gallipoli Centenary event at the Northern Banking Company exhibit, Ulster Folk Museum, Cultra in April 2015.






Carlisle, John Craig


Lieutenant John Craig Carlisle
was born on 16th January 1895.  He was the son of Samuel Carlisle and Maggie Carlisle.  In 1901 the family are living in house 3, Derryvalley, Ballybay, Co. Monaghan. 
On 10th October 1910 he joined Northern Bank at Head Office.  He was of Presbyterian faith.  Transfers followed to Dromore (1911), Donegall Square (1911), Grafton Street (1913) and Head Office (1915).  



Northern Banking Company, Donegall Square


In 1911, Carlisle was boarding in house 43, Church Street, Dromore, Co. Down.  He is described as a Bank Clerk. 
On 20th November 1915 he volunteered and enlisted into the Royal Irish Rifles, then the Inns of Court Officer Training Corps (OTC).  Carlisle later saw service with the Machine-Gun Corps and was promoted to Lieutenant.

Carlisle was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Following demobilisation, Carlisle resigned from the bank and became an accountant with the Air Ministry (1919).

Bullick, Edwin




[Courtesy of Lisburn Museum]


Regimental Quarter Master Sergeant Edwin Bullick
was born in Lisburn on 3rd September 1894.   He was the son of James Parker Bullick and Katie Bullick.  In 1901 the family lived in house 67, Bachelors Walk, Lisburn.   He is of Church of Ireland faith. 

On 2nd May 1910, Bullick joined Northern Bank at Head Office.   By 1911, Bullick was residing at house 36, Railway Street, Lisburn.   He is described as a Bank Clerk.   In 1913, he was transferred to Ball’s branch. 

Whilst in Ball’s branch, he travelled back to Lisburn on 9th September 1914 and enlisted (aged 19) into the 11th Bn. RIR (UVF) under Col. Pakenham for the duration of the war.   He saw service with the British Expeditionary Force and was promoted to Lance Corporal in October 1914.   He was made Sergeant in December 1914, Company Quarter Master Sergeant in January 1915.  In October 1915, he left Bordon Camp for France and is named on the Embarkation List for the 11th (Service) Bn. Royal Irish Rifles (South Antrim Volunteers).   Promotion to Regimental Quarter Master Sergeant came in March 1916.   Bullick saw action at Somme 1916 (Thiepval), Messines 1917, Ypres 1917 and Cambrai 1917.  

He was demobilised in January 1919 and was awarded the 1914/15 Star, the British Victory Medal and the British War Medal.  The original medals and leather service number tags have been framed along with those of another Northern Banking Company official, J W Harrip.


[Courtesy of David Wilson]


Following demobilisation, Bullick rejoined the Northern Bank on 3rd February 1919 at Head Office.   A transfer to Ballynahinch followed in 1922. He was back in Head Office (1926) followed by Ederney (1930).   By 1938 he was manager of Holywood branch.

Bullick retired on 15th January 1951.

Allister Mulligan posted two photograhs of a postcard on the Caledon and Aughnacloy Memories facebook group.  The postcard was posted in 1913 and is addressed to Jas P Bullick at 28 Railway Street, Lisburn.




The following photographs (taken through glass) come by courtesy of Lisburn Museum and its donors.

















Lisburn Standard - Friday, 15th November 1918
Mr James Parker Bullick

The death took place at his residence, Wallace Avenue, Lisburn, on Sunday, following a long illness, of Mr. James Parker Bullick, second son of the late Moses Bullick, and a member of the firm of Moses Bullick & Son, painters and contractors. Belfast and Lisburn.  Deceased was held in the highest regard by all who knew him.  He was a fine sportsman in his younger days, and was a staunch Unionist.  He was a member of the Lord Arthur Hill Masonic Lodge, Blaris, No. 147.  A sterling Churchman, like his father before him he worshipped in Christ Church.  He took a keen interest in the war, and if he died with any regret it was that he did not live to see peace declared, though he had the satisfaction of knowing before the end came that victory was assured. 
His eldest son, Quartermaster Edwin Bullick. R.I.R., is serving at the front, and it is sad to think that he got the news of his father's death on the day that peace was declared.  Prior to volunteering Q.M.S. Bullick was an official in the Northern Bank, Belfast. 
Sincere sympathy is felt for the widow and children in their bereavement.

The funeral took place on Wednesday at noon to the New Cemetery, the cortege being a large and representative one.  The chief mourners were -- Maurice and James Bullick (sons), E. Bullick (brother), Edward P. Bullick (nephew), and James G. Bullick, Rathfriland.  Wreaths were sent by Mr. and Mrs. Moses Bullick. Ellen and Annie, "All from Daisy Hill" (Newry), Mr. Harry Anderson, and Mr. John Jefferson.  Prior to the funeral Rev. R. H. S. Cooper conducted a short service at the house. Mr. Cooper also officiated at the graveside.

The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs. Jellie & Fullerton.

Boyd, William Harris


Trooper William Harris Boyd
was born in Limavady, Co. Derry on 1st April 1884 and of Presbyterian faith.  

He was the son of Joseph Douglas Boyd and Martha Jane Boyd.  

In 1901 the family lived in house 32, Irish Green Street, Limavady. 
Boyd joined Northern Bank on 20th May 1902.  Transfers followed to Ballinamore (1902), Cushendall (1904), Head Office – Relief (1910) and Mohill – Cashier (1910).  

By 1911, Boyd is boarding in house 58, Main Street, Mohill, Co. Leitrim with a colleague, Charles Kevin Fitzsimons.  One is a Bank Clerk and the other, a Bank Cashier. 
On 27th January 1916, Boyd volunteered and enlisted as a Trooper into the North Irish Horse aged 29.  His Army Number was 2122.  He served as an Assistant Instructor at the North Irish Horse Signalling School, Antrim.  

Boyd contracted illness on service due to injuries inflicted by a horse and he was invalided out of the army in December 1917. 

His Medal Index Card can be accessed here.

He rejoined the Northern Bank on 2nd April 1918 at Head Office with a transfer later to Ballymoney – Cashier (1918) and Armoy (1922). 
Boyd died suddenly on 9th January 1934 aged 49.

Bagshaw, Robert


Trooper Robert Bagshaw
was born in Manchester on 28th December 1884.   He was the son of Alice Rebecca Bagshaw and is of Church of Ireland faith. 
He joined Northern Bank on 17th May 1900 in Head Office.  

In 1901, he was living in house 122, 'Craythorpe', Upper Newtownards Road, Knock, Belfast with his step-father, Andrew Magowan and his mother.  

A transfer to Royal Avenue (1902) was followed by Head Office (1908), Shaftesbury Square (1911) and Head Office (1915).  By 1911, he was living in house 113, Eglantine Avenue, Belfast.  The Census record describes his occupation as a ‘Solicitors Typist’ and his sister, Amy (27) is described as a Bank Clerk. 

On ‘Ulster Day’, Saturday, 28th September 1912, Bagshaw signed the Ulster Covenant at the Old Town Hall, Belfast. 
Whilst in Head Office, he enlisted on 8th December 1915 as a Trooper into the North Irish Horse aged 30.  He served with the British Expeditionary Force and saw action at Arras 1917, Ypres 1917 and Cambrai 1917.  Bagshaw was demobilised in February 1919 and was awarded the British Victory Medal and the British War Medal. 
Following demobilisation, Bagshaw rejoined the Northern Bank on 24th February 1919 and was posted to Falls branch.  Further transfers followed with Head Office (1919). 
Bagshaw retired on 31st January 1941. 
He died on 25th November 1959 aged 74.

Archibald, Robert Richmond


Colour Sergeant Robert Richmond Archibald
was born in Eglinton, Londonderry on 23rd July 1890.  He was the son of Lowry B and Margaret L Archibald.  In 1901 the family lived in house 20, Donnybrewer, Eglinton, Co. Londonderry. 
Archibald joined Northern Bank on 14th July 1909.  He was of Presbyterian faith.  Transfers followed to Limavady (1909), Coleraine (1911) and Irvinestown (1912).  By 1911 the family property was known as house 15, Donnybrewer, Eglinton, Co. Londonderry.  Archibald is described as a Bank Clerk. 
Whilst in Irvinestown branch, Archibald enlisted on 14th October 1914 as a Private into the 11th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers aged 24.  He served with the British Expeditionary Force and progressed through the ranks (Lance Corporal, October 1914; Sergeant and Acting Quarter Master Sergeant, October 1915; Colour Sergeant, 1917).  Archibald saw action at Somme 1916 (Thiepval), Messines 1917; Ypres 1917 (Langemarck); Cambrai 1917; St Quentin 1918 and the Allied Advance 1918.  He was demobilised in April 1919 and was awarded the 1914/15 Star, the British Victory Medal and the British War Medal. 
Following demobilisation, he rejoined the Northern Bank on 13th May 1919 when he was posted to Ball’s branch.  In 1939, he was transferred to Head Office, Stock and Coupon Department. 

Archibald died on 27th January 1949 aged 58.