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Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Images of the Northern Bank War Memorial (Brass) - The Great War

The Great War - here are some more images of the Northern Bank brass 'Rolls of Honour' and 'War Memorial' in situ in the Northern Bank Head Office, Donegall Square West, Belfast.  Apologies for the poor angle, lighting, reflections etc, all due to the location in a narrow corridor.

Images of the Belfast Bank War Memorial (Brass) - The Great War

The Great War - here are some more images of the Belfast Bank brass 'Rolls of Honour' and 'War Memorial' in situ in the Northern Bank Head Office, Donegall Square West, Belfast. Apologies for the poor angle, lighting, reflections etc, all due to the location in a narrow corridor.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Roll of Honour on Waring Street Wall circa 1996

Roll of Honour on Waring Street Wall circa 1996

Up until the move to Donegall Square West, the various Rolls of Honour and War Memorials were installed on the walls of the old Belfast Banking Company Head Office in Waring Street, Belfast.

Here is a picture of the brass Belfast Banking Company memorial from circa 1996 found recently in a staff magazine from that period:

The 2 bank officials are dressed in period costume.

Monday, 5 August 2013

Belfast Banking Company 'Roll of Honour' Booklet

Roll of Honour - Members of the staff of the Belfast Banking Co. Ltd. who have joined His Majesty's Forces.

This small, 20 page booklet would probably have been published near the end of the Great War.  All details have now been transcribed into the individual biographies.

How many of these would be in existence now?




Monday, 27 May 2013

Facebook Site

An open group known as

Northern Bank - War Memorials / Roll of Honour

has been set up on Facebook.

It is updated on a regular basis with interesting items from this main site.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Europeana 1914-1918 Project

The Europeana 1914-1918 team have advised me that they have published my story. 

You can view it by clicking this link:

Best regards,
The Europeana 1914-1918 team

About the Europeana 1914-1918 Project


Europeana 1914-1918 is based on an initiative at the University of Oxford where people across Britain were asked to bring family letters, photographs and keepsakes from the War to be digitised.  The success of the idea – which became the Great War Archive – has encouraged Europeana, Europe’s digital archive, library and museum, to bring other national or local institutions across Europe into an alliance with Oxford University.  The collaboration brings European stories online alongside their British, German, Slovenian, Luxembourgian, Irish, etc. counterparts in a World War One stories collection.

What we are doing

The project is collecting memorabilia and stories from the period of the Great War (1914-1918).  This phase of the project is focussing on European items: letters, postcards, photographs and stories from Germany, Luxembourg, Ireland, Slovenia and the UK.

Project partners

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

McKitrick, Roderick Alexander

Squadron Leader Roderick Alexander McKitrick DFC (later Colonel)
was the son of George Evelyn McKitrick (born 2nd August 1879).  Educated at Campbell College, George was in Lower VI in 1895. 
In 1901, the family lived in house 122.1 Duncairn Street, Belfast.  By 1911 they had moved to house 53, Antrim Road, Belfast.  George is described as a Bank Clerk and works for the Belfast Banking Company in Head Office.
Roderick A McKitrick was probably born around 1920 and followed his father into the Belfast Banking Company.

The website, records a Roderick Alexander McKitterick with the following details:
Service Number: 149126 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
  • 14th May 1943 - Pilot Officer (on probation)
  • 14th November 1943 - Flying Officer (on probation)
  • 14th May 1945 - Squadron Leader

Roderick McKitrick flew also with No. 44 and No. 138 Squadron.  With No. 138 Squadron he was involved in dropping of Secret Agents in SOE operations. During Operation Draughts & Backgammon with Short Stirling Mk IV NF-J, LK200 in the night of 8th/9th September 1944, the plane hit the cable of a barrage balloon at 02.50 hours over Texel, the Netherlands and crashed. 
Of the crew Flying Officer Thomas Roger Court, Flying Officer John Hulme and Flying Officer George Evans Fletcher Walton died in the crash.  They later were buried at the cemetery at Den Burg, Texel, The Netherlands. 
Squadron Leader G.M. Rothwell, Flying Officer McKitrick, Pilot Officer Shaw and Flight Sergeant R.W. Wilmott were taken prisoner. Roderick Alexander McKitrick was imprisoned at POW camp L1 (Staluft 4B/L1) at Barth together with Rothwell and Shaw.
Flying Officer McKitrick was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) on 23rd May 1944 (published without citation).

The website, records McKitrick's plane crash over Holland.  Similar detail as above.
Following demobilisation, it is not clear if McKitrick returned to employment in the Belfast Banking Company.
However, the London Gazette continue the reporting of a R A McKitrick DFC as follows:
  • 28th July 1953 commission relinguished, Flight Lieutenant on transfer to Army
  • 25th September 1953 promotion from Lieutenant to Captain with Officer Number 429994 Royal Army Education Corps (seniority back to 1950).
  • 25th December 1953 seniority as Lieutenant (back to 4th May 1945).
  • 1st November 1957 promotion to Major (4th November 1957).
  • 27th January 1967 promotion to Lieutenant Colonel (31st December 1966).
  • 8th January 1974 promotion to Colonel (back to 30th June 1973) - from R.A.E.C.

Monday, 4 March 2013

Byers, Thomas - Update

Dave Donatelli from Canada has been in touch and advised that he owns a photograph album given to him by Capt. Thomas (Tommy) Byers MC.

Further photographs from the Byers album have been sent in by Dave. 

I have been extremely lucky to be given 6 photographs of Byers from the album.  Taken in 1916 / 1917 when Byers would have been 21 /  22 they show him in miltary uniform along with friends and family. 

Dave describes the latter 3 photos as:

".... This photo is of Tommy and his buddies.  The person on the far right is Ally Shaw.  So far I can't find out who the person in the middle is.  The second photo is of Tommy and his two buddies names William Proudfoot he was in the Australian Imperial Forces.  They say that William Proudfoot died in France 7th June 1917.  He service number is 2662.  I don't know if there is a discrepancy on William or not because I have photos of him after his recorded death.  The third person is Tommy Edwards he is in many photos in the photo album.  I have not been able to find any information on him either.  The 3rd photo is of Tommy and his sisters and friends.  This may have been taken in the back yard of their house at Dewsbury on Earlswood Road Belfast. ...."

According to the 1911 Irish Census, Tommy had 4 sisters, Bessie (22), Rachel (18), Jennie (10) and Louisa (6).  The sisters mentioned above may be Bessie and Rachel.

The final photograph below shows the 'album' and prints as displayed in an exhibition by Dave Donatelli.

This link takes you to the Byers biography.


Thanks to Dave Donatelli, Canada for supplying the photographs.