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Friday, 18 January 2013

Irvine, Walter Frederick - Great War Service

Major Walter Frederick Irvine
was born on 2nd June 1898. 

He was the son of Robert Irvine and Mariaine Moyse Irvine.  In 1901 the family lived in house 11, Kirkliston Drive, Pottinger Ward, Belfast. 
On 21st September 1914, Irvine joined the Belfast Banking Company. 
Irvine served with the 10th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers as a Temporary 2nd Lieutenant before transferring to the Royal Irish Rifles on 1st March 1917.  He relinquished his commission on completion of service on 20th September 1919, but retained the rank of Lieutenant. 

The Belfast Banking Company 'Roll of Honour' booklet records Irvine as serving with the 5th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers and the 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers.  He is also recorded as being 'previously wounded' and also as a 'prisoner of war'.

The Belfast News Letter of 18th September 1917 reports:

The Belfast News Letter of 22nd April 1918 reports:

The Belfast News Letter of 25th April 1918 reports:

The Belfast News Letter of 13th December 1918 reports:

He served in Central and Head Office.  Between 1919 and 1939, Irvine returned to work for Belfast Banking Company. 

As Irvine was a Lisburn resident, it is possible that he attended this service at the Lisburn War Memorial (temporary wooden one).

For further information, please see the World War II section. 

Irvine, Walter Frederick - WWII Service