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Monday, 4 February 2013

Oldham, Edward Garr Wesley


2nd Lieutenant Edward Garr Wesley Oldham

was born in 1887.

He was the eldest son of Edward Garr Wesley Oldham and Agnes Oldham.  In 1901 the family lived in house 111, Lisburn Road, Windsor Ward, Belfast.

Oldham would have joined the Belfast Banking Company around 1905 and worked in Markets branch and Head Office.

By 1911 their property was now described as house 184, Lisburn Road, Windsor Ward, Belfast. Both father and son are described as Bank Officials.

On 28th September 1912, Oldham's father signed the Ulster Covenant at Fisherwick Church, Belfast giving his address as 184 Lisburn Road, Belfast.

Edward volunteered and served with the 10th Royal Irish Rifles.  His Service Number was 10/15717.

In 1917 Edward married Emily (Emmie) Victoria Nicol.

Following his demobilisation after the Great War, Oldham returned to work. Oldham attained the rank of 2nd Lieutenant.

The Belfast Banking Company 'Roll of Honour' records Oldham as having been 'previously wounded' with his last known address as 'in France'.

The Belfast News Letter of 1st May 1918 reports:



The National Archives records a Medal Index Roll as follows:

Royal Irish Rifles, 10/15717, Lance Corporal
Royal Irish Rifles, 2nd Lieutenant


Oldham was a member of the Belfast Banking Company Sports Club on 26th March 1945 paying 5 shillings subscription.

Retirement came in 1948.

Oldham died on 6th November 1949 aged 63 in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast.  His last address was 19 Rosetta Avenue, Belfast.

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