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Thursday, 17 January 2013

Ferris, William Thompson

Staff Lieutenant William Thompson Ferris
was born on 12th March 1890.  He was the son of Walter Ferris and Rachel Ferris.  In 1901 the family lived in house 19, Mall, Armagh. 
On 17th May 1909 he joined Northern Bank at Head Office.  Transfers followed to Lisburn (1910) and Head Office (1914).  By 1911, their property is known as house 21, The Mall, Armagh.  Ferris is described as a Bank Clerk.  He was of Presbyterian faith. 
On 15th September 1914, Ferris volunteered and enlisted into the 6th Bn. Black Watch as a Private.  He served with the British Expeditionary Force, was promoted to Lance Corporal and then Gazetted as 2nd Lieutenant.  Further promotion followed to Lieutenant and then Staff-Lieutenant 1st Class.   He saw action in the Second Battle of Festubert May 1915, Vimy Ridge 1916 and the Somme 1916.  

An injury occurred on 29th July 1916 at High Wood.  
The Belfast News Letter of 7th August 1916 reports:

Demobilisation came on 14th July 1919.  He was Mentioned in Despatches on 29th August 1919 and awarded the 1914/15 Star, the British Victory Medal and the British War Medal. 

Following demobilisation, Ferris rejoined the Northern Bank on 22nd September 1919 and was transferred to Newry. 
On 12th July 1920, Ferris retired and took up his father’s business.  
The Staff Magazine ‘The Link (August 1981)’ contains a photograph of Ferris in a 1913 Northern Bank Staff Golf outing.

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