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Saturday, 19 January 2013

Buchanan, Hugh Johnston

Lieutenant Hugh Johnston Buchanan
was born in Fintona on 17th May 1895.  

He was the son of John Gerard Buchanan and Annie E Buchanan.  

In 1901 the family are living in house 27, Main Street, Fintona.  John is described as a Bank Manager.  There were 3 other siblings; John G Buchanan (aged 2) and William Arthur Irvine Buchanan (aged 1) and Margaret J Buchanan (aged 0).

[John G Buchanan Jnr joined the Belfast Belfast Banking Company and also served in the Great War].

[William Arthur Irvine Buchanan served in the Army Veterinary Corps and was killed in action on 24th July 1917].

By 1911 the family property is described as house 23, Main Street, Fintona.  The family would have been living in the manager's house located upstairs in the picture below.  The house entrance would have been down the lane at the left hand side.

On 31st May 1911, Buchanan joined Northern Bank at Head Office.  He was of Church of Ireland faith.  Transfers followed to Ballybofey (1911), Londonderry (1913), Head Office (1913), Limavady (1914), Beragh (1915) and Head Office (1916).

Northern Banking Company Limited, Londonderry

He was based in Head Office on 17th May 1916 when he enlisted as a Private with the (Cadet Coy), 19th Bn. RIR.  He was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant with the 19th Bn. RIR and then posted to the 15th Bn. RIR.  He saw service with the British Expeditionary Force and was promoted to Lieutenant in 1918.

Buchanan saw action at Ypres 1917 and Cambrai 1917 before becoming a Prisoner of War in Germany.

The Belfast News Letter of 3rd December 1917 reports:

The Belfast News Letter of 24th December 1917 reports:

The Belfast News Letter of 4th January 1918 reports:

The Belfast News Letter of 7th December 1918 reports:

Following service with the Army of Occupation., he was demobilised in September 1919 and was awarded the British Victory Medal and the British War Medal. 
Following demobilisation, Buchanan rejoined the bank at their Ball’s branch.  Promotion and transfers followed with Southern – cash (1919), Southern – manager (1919), Lisburn – manager (1943) and Head Office – manager (1945). 

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