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Through this website, the families and descendants of around 300 bank officials of the Belfast Banking Company Limited, Northern Banking Company Limited and Northern Bank Ltd will know that "We Will Remember Them".
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Monday, 4 February 2013
Capt Thomas Byers MC
was born on 19th April 1894.
He was the son of James T. Byers (Law Clerk (*)) and Bessie Byers (*). In 1901, the family lived in house 14, Earlswood Road, Belfast. By 1911 the family property is described as house 168, Earlswood Road, Belfast. The house was known as 'Dewsbury'. Thomas’ occupation is that of Bank Clerk.
In 1920, the property was numbered 144 (#).
Known as Tommy, he probably joined the Belfast Banking Company in 1911 when he was 16 and worked in Central branch (Donegall Square North).
On 28th September 1912, Byers signed the Ulster Covenant at Sydenham Methodist Church, Belfast.
In 1916, Lance Corporal Byers was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant with the 9th Bn. Black Watch (Royal Highlanders).
Royal Highlanders, 2122, Private
Royal Highlanders, Lieutenant
Royal Highlanders, Captain
The Belfast Banking Company 'Roll of Honour' booklet reports Byers as having been 'previously wounded' with his last known address as 'in France'.
The Belfast News Letter of 7th June 1917 reports:
The Belfast News letter dated 7th July 1917 reported:
On 18th July 1917, the London Gazette reported that Byers had been awarded the Military Cross.
His citation reads
“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He was the only officer of the company for five days. He carried out his duties under most trying conditions and shell and machine gun fire, with great skill and endurance. His example and ability kept the men in hand and their spirits up at a very trying time.”
The Belfast News Letter of 19th July1917 reports:
The Belfast News Letter of 15th December 1917 reports:
Promotion to Captain came in 1917.
Following the war, Byers emigrated to Canada.
Tommy Byers died on 20th July 1976 and was cremated in Mission, British Columbia, Canada,