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Monday, 21 January 2013

Knox, Samuel Wright

Captain Samuel (Sam) Wright Knox
was born in Coleraine in 1869.
Knox joined Northern Bank in 1885.  In 1901, Knox is living in house 11, Clifton Street, Dock Ward, Belfast.  By 1911, the family had moved to house 9, Somerton Road, Duncairn Ward, Belfast.  His occupation is described as a Bank Director. 
Knox was based in Head Office when he volunteered and enlisted into the 16th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles.  He served with the British Expeditionary Force and was then attached to Royal Artillery at Flamertigue (Ypres) 1917.  Knox saw action at the Somme 1916 (Thiepval), Messines 1917 and Ypres 1917 (Passchendaele).  He was invalided twice and then invalided out of the service in February 1918. 
He resigned his commission to resume civic duties and was granted the honorary rank of Captain on 14th March 1918. 

The Belfast News Letter of 14th March 1918 reports:

In 1921 he was serving as a Director of Northern Bank.

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