A site to hold the biographies of those Northern Bank / Belfast Bank officials who died or served during the Great War, World War II and the Northern Ireland conflict.
Through this website, the families and descendants of around 300 bank officials of the Belfast Banking Company Limited, Northern Banking Company Limited and Northern Bank Ltd will know that "We Will Remember Them".
It is not connected with Northern Bank.
Any views or comments expressed are those of the writer.
He was the son of James
Pyper and Annie Pyper.In 1901 the family
lived in house 9, Ballygilbert, Bangor, Co. Down.Pyper is described as a bank Official.
Pyper would have joined the Belfast Banking
Company around 1901 working in Navan.
The ‘Bangor Golf Club 100 Years’ booklet
describes their member (1904), T W Pyper winning the prize for best nett with a
score of 88 gross.Playing off 14, his
nett score of 74 also won him £3.
1910, Pyper was recorded as the Accountant in the Regent Street, Newtownards
branch of the Belfast Banking Company.By
1911 their property is described as house 17, Ballygilbert, Bangor, Co.
Down.He describes himself as a Bank
Pyper served with the North Irish
Horse and attained the rank of Sergeant.
According to the Comber War Memorial,
a ‘T Pyper’ volunteered and served in World War I.
Following the creation of Northern Ireland, the Belfast Banking Company sold all its branches (and staff) to the Royal Bank of Ireland. This may explain why the Pyper detailed below came to be residing in Royal Bank House, Rathmines.
There is a T W Pyper buried in
Headstones: DUBLIN, Mount Jerome Cemetery, Part 1, Dublin.
No.81 In Memory of THOMAS WATERS PYPER, Royal Bank House, Rathmines, died 28th November 1944 and of his wife, KATHERINE EILEEN PYPER, died 11th March 1977, their daughter, AILEEN ANN (PEGGY) ROBINSON, died 25th Aug. 2005. "Till day break".
He was the son of James Malseed and Mary Malseed.James was a Belfast Banking Company Manager.In 1901 the family are living in house 24, Sea View Street, Warrenpoint, Co. Down.By 1911, the family are living in living in house 30, High Street, Antrim, Co. Antrim (Belfast Bank).
Malseed would have joined the Belfast Banking Company around 1916 and worked in Head Office.
Malseed served as a Gunner with the Royal Garrison Artillery.
Following his demobilisation, Malseed resigned from the Bank on 31st March 1919.
Malseed is named on the 2nd Antrim Presbyterian Church Roll of Honour.
He was the son of Robert MacDonnell and Virginia Mary MacDonnell. In 1901 the family are living in house 11, De Burgh Terrace, Londonderry.Robert is recorded as being a Bank Official. By 1911 they have moved to house 30, Mill Street, Ballymena.The father is now a Bank Manager. His wife is Anne Louise MacDonnell (wife) of The Square, Portaferry (also later of Belfast Bank House, Whitehead).
MacDonnell would have joined the Belfast Banking Company around 1917 and worked in Ballymoney.
Around that time, MacDonnell volunteered and enlisted as a Gunner with the Royal Garrison Artillery.
Following his demobilisation after the Great War, MacDonnell returned to work eventually ending up as Manager of Whitehead branch.He also served in Markets branch.
MacDonnell was a member of the Belfast Banking Company Sports Club in March 1947 paying 5 shillings subscription.
Retirement came in 1961.
He died on 18th April 1970.
The Staff Magazine ‘The Link (Winter 1984)’ contains a photograph of McDonnell in Londonderry branch in the 1930’s.
He was the son of Hugh and Agnes MacDonnell.In 1901 the family lived in house 1, Rugby Street, Ormeau Ward, Belfast.By 1911 they had moved to house 57, Ravenhill Road, Ormeau Ward, Belfast.MacDonnell is described as a Bank Official. A later address was Rosgarvagh, Ravenhill Road, Belfast
MacDonnell would have joined the Belfast Banking Company around 1911 / 1912 working in Central and Bangor branches.
MacDonnell served with the Royal Garrison Artillery and attained the rank of Lance Corporal.
was born around 1890. He was the younger son of John Lockhart (Clerk of Petty Sessions at Portrush and Bushmills) and Margaret Lockhart. In 1911, Margaret Lockhart and her family resided in house 19, Orient Gardens, Cliftonville, Belfast. John has recorded his occupation as a Bank Clerk.
John later joined the Belfast Banking Company and worked in Head Office. Other family at that time included Robert Lockhart of 33 Bedford Street, Belfast and Margery Kate Lockhart of Belfast Bank House, Londonderry. In April 1913, he passed the final examination of the Institute of Bankers, gaining first place in Ireland and third in the United Kingdom. In September 1914, Lockhart volunteered and enlisted into 'D Squadron’, North Irish Horse and attained the rank of Lance Corporal. His Service Number is recorded as 1219 with the NIH. Another number, 71288 is recorded with the Corps of Hussars. This photograph and article appeared in the Coleraine Chronicle in January 1915:
[Image courtesy of Nigel Henderson]
It describes Lockhart as having left Antrim with his troop some time ago en route for active service, and is now temporarily quartered near Bedford.
His Medal Index Card can be accessed here. The Belfast Banking Company 'Roll of Honour' booklet describes Lockhart as 'being in hospital' with his last known address as Queenstown. In 1919 he transferred to the Class Z Army Reserrve.
Following his demobilisation after the Great War, Lockhart returned to work eventually ending up as Manager of Londonderry branch.
He was the son of Hans Garmany Leeman and Kate Elizabeth Leeman of 6 Hartford Place, Armagh .In 1901 the family lived in house 27, The Mall, Armagh.
Leeman would have joined the Belfast Banking Company around 1905 and worked in Warrenpoint and Letterkenny.
By 1911 the property was described as house 50, The Mall, Armagh.In the same year, Reginald Thackeray Leeman was boarding in house 15, New Row, Coleraine, Co. Londonderry.He is described as a Bank Clerk.
Leeman served with the Army Service Corps (31st Division) and attained the rank of Captain. He saw service in the Egyptian theatre of war. He was awarded the 14/15 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Star. His Medal Index Card records his correspondence address as 3 Victoria Street, Armagh.
was born on 15th September 1897 in Gills, Coleraine.
He was the son of James Kennedy Senior and Mary Kennedy (nee Tweed).
In 1901, the family were living in house 3, Gills, Somerset, Co. Londonderry. Samuel had a brother and 2 sisters. Also in the house on census day was Mary Tweed (mother in law to James) and a servant, William Graham.
There is no record of the family in the 1911 Irish Census.
Later the family moved to Cranagh House, Coleraine.
The University of Ulster was built on the Cranagh lands and the house was later demolished.
Kennedy would have joined the Belfast Banking Company around 1913 / 1914 working in Letterkenny and Strabane.
Belfast Banking Company, Strabane
Whilst in Letterkenny, Kennedy volunteered and enlisted in the 10th Royal Dublin Fusiliers and attained the rank of Lance Corporal. His service number was 25960. He saw service in France where he was gassed.
The following photograph shows Samuel in uniform standing with his family outside Cranagh House.
Hugh Catherwood 5 Aug 1902; William Tweed 25 Dec 1895; Margaret Stewart 22 Jan 1894; Samuel Guiler 15 Sep 1897; Charlotte Elizabeth Long 17 May 1899; John; Stewart 3 Apr 1901; Mary Tweed 26 Sep 1904; James Sr.6 Mar 1866; Mary (nee Tweed 15 Mar 1868); James Jr.15 Nov 1906
Family tradition said he was in the Easter Uprising in Dublin in 1918,
Following demobilsation, he emigrated to Pierson, Manatoba, where he worked for the Royal Bank of Canada. He came back home on 23rd December 1925 and married Edith Mary Small on 17th February 1926 at Terrace Row Third Presbyterian Church, Coleraine. They then returned to Canada. There were no children
Kennedy died on 6th April 1981 in Brandon, Manatoba.
Also see William Kennedy who was a cousin working for the Northern Banking Company. William was killed in action.
* Some of the information came from an anonymous person. Thank you for taking the time to respond to my data.
He was the son of Elizabeth J Greer Jones of Mountcharles.In 1901 the family are living in house 6, Academy Street, Navan, Co. Meath.In 1911 Elizabeth Jones is visiting house 16, Temple Gardens, Rathmines and Rathgar East, Dublin.The rest of the family are living in house 15, Academy Street, Navan, Co. Meath.
Jones would have joined the Belfast Banking Company around 1914 and worked in Drogheda and Dundalk.
Jones served with the 7th Bn. Prince of Wales's Leinester Regiment (Royal Canadians) and attained the rank of Lieutenant.
worked for the Belfast Banking Company. He was the son of Major William Holmes of Downshire Park, Carrickfergus.
Holmes served as a Gunner with the Royal Garrison Artillery.
Following his demobilisation after the Great War, Holmes returned to work eventually ending up as Manager of Victoria Street branch.Holmes was a member of the Belfast Banking Company Sports Club on 26th March 1945 paying 5 shillings subscription.The following year, he was recorded as being in Markets branch. He had also worked in Western branch.
Retirement came in 1960 as Manager of 161 Victoria Street branch.
He died on 15th June 1979.
Alan Holmes (Northern Bank pensioner), a descendant of A E Holmes attended the 2000 re-dedication ceremony of the Rolls of Honour.
He was the son of Robert Harris and Elizabeth Harris.In 1901 the family
lived in house 6, Stonard Street, Moneymore, Co. Londonderry.By 1911 the family had moved to house 16,
High Street, Moneymore, Co. Londonderry.
Harris would have joined the Belfast Banking Company around 1915 and worked in Aughnacloy, Head Office and Kircubbin as Manager.
He was the son of Frederick William Greenaway and Clara Elizabeth Greenaway.In 1901 the family were living in house 23, Southwell Street, Bangor, Co. Down.By 1911 they had moved to house 34, Bawnmore Road, Windsor Ward, Belfast. On Ulster Day, 28th September 1912, a Clara Greenaway signed the Women's Declaration at the Good Templar Hall and gave her address as 12 Bayview Terrace, Bangor, Co. Down.
Greenaway would have joined the Belfast Banking Company around 1917 working in Bangor and Central bramches.
Greenaway served as an Officer Cadet with the Officer Training Corps (OTC).
He was the son of William Henry Gallway and Mary E Gallway.In 1901 the family lived in house 21, Dufferin Avenue, Bangor, Co. Down.He is described as a Bank Clerk and may have worked in Drogheda branch.
He was the son of William Rigby Foster (Senior) and Clare Mary Foster.His father was a Shipping Agent / Floor Importer of Ailsa, Holywood Road, Belfast.In 1911 the family were living in house 18, Cherryvalley Park, Belfast, Co. Down.
Foster would have joined the Belfast Banking Company by 1915.At one stage of his career, he served in Castleblayney branch.
Foster served with the 11th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles and attained the rank of Lieutenant. He was wounded.
His parents were Thomas Crozier and Mary Emma Crozier of the Hope Arms Hotel, Main Street, Castleblayney.In 1901 the family lived in house 64, Muckno or Noble Street, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan.By 1911, Mary Emma Crozier and her family are living in house 1, Drumillard, Little West Street, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan.
Crozier would have joined the Belfast Banking Company around 1917 and worked in Kingstown and Antrim.
Crozier served with the Royal Air Force attaining the rank of Cadet.
was born in 1877 in Co. Armagh.His parents were probably Andrew Agnew and Agnes Maria Agnew of 150 Mount Collier Street, Belfast (a later address would be Tallynellan, Cavehill Road, Belfast).
He probably joined the Belfast Banking Company between 1894 and 1901.He saw service in Armagh, Portadown and Killinchy branches.In 1901 Agnew is boarding in house 90, Hill, Lurgan, Co. Armagh.His occupation is described as a Bank Official.
By 1911, he has moved to Dromore and is boarding in house 3, Mount Street, Dromore.This year, he describes his occupation as a Bank Cashier.
Agnew served with the Royal Navy and attained the rank of Seaman.
Family linked to him are Leslie Hastings Buchanan (possibly a cousin) of Ballybolauder, Templedouglas, Co. Donegal, Hugh Johnston Buchanan (brother) and John James Knox Johnston of Crannyvale, Fintona, Co. Tyrone.
He saw service in Kingstown, Saintfield and Aughnacloy. In 1950 he was transferred to Kesh.
Buchanan retired as Manager of Kesh branch in 1960.
He died on 9th June 1965.
The Belfast News Letter of 30th October 1915 reports this of a brother, W A I Buchanan:
The Belfast News Letter of 28th July 1916 reports this of a brother, W A I Buchanan:
The Belfast News Letter of 30th July 1917 reports this of his brother:
He was the son of Edwin Darley Hill and Deborah Hill who in 1901 lived in house 675, Palmerston Road, Rathmines and Rathgar East, Dublin.
In 1911 the family are living in house 22, Deramore Drive, Cromac Ward, Belfast, Co. Antrim (amended to Deramore Park).
On 1st February 1917 Hill joined Northern Bank at Head Office. In February 1918 he volunteered and was accepted by the Board of Officers of Queen's University Officers' Training Corps (OTC). However, he was rejected for active service on account of him having defective vision.
A transfer to Ballynafeigh followed in 1923 and then back to Head Office in 1924.
Hill resigned as of 3rd July 1925.
He died on 7th March 1938 and in buried in the City Cemetery with his father, Edwin Darley Hill and mother, Deborah Hill. This website records:
Address of deceased: 5 Flat Thornhill Malone Road Belfast County Antrim;
Date of death: 07 Mar 1938;
Date of issue: 24 Jun 1938.
He was a brother of Adam C D Hill deceased who was reported missing on 16th August 1917 aged 19.
As the members of the permanent staff in the Forces will soon be returning to take up duty again, the Temporary Lady Clerks will, as a matter of course and in keeping with the terms of employment, be released from duty as the men return.
We are sending this notice now so that those ladies may have an opportunity of securing positions elsewhere and we shall be prepared to release them on short notice, if they are successful.
We wish to express to the Lady Clerks, our appreciation of the help that they have given in carrying on the services of the Bank to the Public during the War period.
19th March 1946
In order to avoid redundancy of staff by the return of Officials from Active Service, we have, as far as possible, restricted new entrants to our Service, and, therefore, decided not to hold an examination for Clerkships this year.As the rate of demobilization is somewhat slower than we expected in the case of younger men we now find that our Staff will be somewhat short during the Summer months when we are providing for holiday and sick relief.
We do not wish in any way to curtail or upset the usual holiday arrangements, and we appeal, therefore, to our Managers and Staffs, to examine the situation at their respective Branches and see if it would be at all possible to help us out of this temporary difficulty by lending us a hand for the current leave season, or by dispensing with relief.
Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated and materially help us to tide over a very difficult period.
was born on 31st January 1943 in Lurgan, Co. Armagh.
Walter joined Northern Bank on 1st November 1960.Transfers followed to Carrickfergus (1960), Fivemiletown (1963), High Street (1965) and Carrickfergus (1967).
In his spare time, Walter volunteered for service in the locally recruited Ulster Defence Regiment - UDR as a private and was soon promoted to Lance Corporal.Promotion to 2nd Lieutenant came on 29th October 1973 and as Lieutenant on 29th October 1975.His Service Number was 497010. Kerr was serving with the 9th Bn. Ulster Defence Regiment when he died on 2nd November 1977 aged 34. This was following an incident a few days earlier.
Details of the incident are recorded at the end of this article. GRAPHIC.
He is buried in the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Magherafelt, Co. Londonderry.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission website advises that his name will be included on the Armed Forces Memorial in Staffordshire and on the Rolls of Honour that will be kept on public display in the Chapel of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London.
Kerr would have been awarded the (1962) General Service Medal with Northern Ireland clasp and his next of kin would have been eligible to apply for the Elizabeth Cross and Memorial Scroll.
At the time of writing (2012) there is no memorial to Kerr in Northern Bank.
The '1962 General Service Medal' (pictured below) is the actual medal awarded to the late Lieutenant Robin G Smyrl UDR who was killed on 13th September 1977. A member of his family used to work for Northern Bank. The medal is displayed at the Somme Heritage Centre, Conlig, Newtownards.
Obituary from ‘The Link’ (Northern Bank staff magazine)
It is with deep regret that we record the death of Walter Craig Kerr as a result of severe injuries received in a booby-trap explosion at his home in Magherafelt on 2nd November 1977.
Walter entered the service of the bank on 1st November 1960 and served in a number of Branches before being appointed Pro-Manager at Carrickfergus Branch on 1st June 1972 and Sub-Manager at Magherafelt Branch on 1st February 1976. He was a man who showed great dedication and determination in all things he undertook. Those people privileged to know and work with him will appreciate the sad loss to the Bank and the community.
Our deepest sympathy is extended to his sorrowing wife Rosemary and children Gillian and Bryan.
The East Antrim Gazette of 13th November 2012 records the 25th anniversary of Kerr's death with:
Service honours UDR man killed in booby trap bomb
A member of the Ulster Defence Regiment who was murdered by the IRA 25 years ago was honoured at a memorial service last week. Councillors and representatives from Carrickfergus UDR Regimental Association and former colleagues of Lieutenant Walter Kerr from the Northern Bank attended the service in the garden of remembrance last Tuesday. Mr Kerr, who had lived in the Downshire area, served with the UDR for six years and had worked for the Northern Bank in High Street. On October 27, 1977 [date appears to be incorrect], the 34-year-old was killed by a booby trap device, which exploded under his car. Dr Sam Grant, Padre for the UDR Regimental Association in Carrickfergus, said, 'People still remember Walter's bravery and courage' 'He was a man who made himself available during turbulent times, especially when his country needed him'. A wreath was laid at the foot of the memorial by Sergeant Jacki-Kirkwood Hamil from the Royal Irish Regiment and Agnes Logan, Mr. Kerr's sister. The Mayor of Carrickfergus, Alderman Eric Ferguson, said he was 'pleased to be part of the ceremony that honoured the life of Walter Kerr'. Mr Ferguson said: We are delighted that we are able as a council, to have this plaque made available to remember Walter Kerr. We are happy to re-dedicate this to him and host the proceedings". Mrs Rosemary Kerr, Mr. Kerr's widow, was unable to attend the ceremony, but is expected to visit the town later this year.
Incident Details - GRAPHIC
Walter Kerr, 34-year-old, married with 2 children, a bank official and a part time member of the UDR holding the rank of Lieutenant was killed by an IRA booby trap bomb that exploded under his car. As Lt. Kerr was leaving his home at Coolshinney Road, Magherafelt on 27 October, the bomb exploded. A few minutes later, his children and a neighbour's child would have been in the car on their way to school. Lt. Kerr died in hospital on 2nd November from the injuries he received. He was transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital where doctors fought to save his life. He suffered severe injuries and both legs had to be amputated. Twelve soldiers from the Royal Tank Regiment almost immediately donated blood to help the lieutenant while another 50 soldiers later were helicoptered to the Mid Ulster Hospital to donate more blood, many of them staying overnight at the hospital in case more blood was needed to be donated. Lt. Kerr's wife was at his side when he died.