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Thursday, 3 January 2013

Spiller, Edwin Fredelle

Sergeant Edwin Fredelle Spiller
was born on 3rd March 1889.  

He was the son of Daniel Frederick Spiller and Alice Spiller.  In 1901 the family were living in house 84, Lisburn Road, Windsor, Belfast although this number changes to 86 by 1911. 

Following his education at Methodist College, Belfast, Spiller joined the Belfast Banking Company on 16th January 1907. 
By 1911, Spiller was boarding in house 14, Abercorn Place, Londonderry, Co. Londonderry.  His occupation is detailed as a Bank Official. 
Spiller served with the Black Watch and attained the rank of Sergeant. 

The National Archives reports a Medal Index Card as follows:

Royal Highlanders, 2176, Private &
Army Service Corps, S/443681, Private

The Belfast Banking Company 'Roll of Honour' booklet records Spiller as having been 'previously wounded' with his last known address 'Belfast'.
Following his demobilisation after the Great War, Spiller returned to work eventually ending up as Manager of Portrush branch.  He also worked in Derry and Head Office.

Spiller is reported by many golfing internet sites as being a golfer who won or was runner up in the annual Irish Amateur Open Championships.  He was a member of the North West Golf Club who report that he represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1924 to 1929. 
In 1935, he is reported to be living at ‘Rossclair’, Ramore Avenue, Portrush with a son, Noel (Ashley) at Campbell College. 
Retirement came on 1st July 1941 as manager of Portrush. 
Spiller died on 25th May 1980. 
The Staff Magazine ‘The Link (Winter 1984)’ contains a photograph of Spiller in Londonderry branch in the 1930’s.

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