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Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Keown, Henry Eugene


Lieutenant Henry Eugene Keown

was born in 1891.

He was the son of Thomas Heron Keown and Sarah Jane Keown.  In 1901 the family were living in house 7, Rosetta Avenue, Ormeau Ward, Belfast.

Keown would have joined the Belfast Banking Company around 1908.

In 1910, Keown became the local Scoutmaster for the Bloomfield Patrol.

By 1911 the family were living in house 42, Dundela Avenue, Victoria Ward, Belfast. He is described as a Bank Official. 

On 28th September 1912, Keown signed the Ulster Covenant at the City Hall, Belfast giving his address as Dundela Villas, Strandtown, Belfast.

Keown served with the 7th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles and attained the rank of Lieutenant.  The Belfast Banking Company 'Roll of Honour' booklet records Keown as serving in the 6th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles. The booklet also states that he was 'previously wounded' with his last known address 'in France'.

The Belfast News Letter of 26th May 1915 reports:




The Belfast News Letter of 15th September 1916 reports:




Following his demobilisation after the Great War, Keown returned to work eventually ending up in Central branch.  He also served in Head Office.

In addition to banking, Keown returned to Scouting.  Aidan Campbell in his book, 'Belmont' describes the picture below:

"A later photograph of the 10th Scout Troop  in 1921 in front of a large semi-detached property called 'Dundela Villas' on Dundela Avenue. .... Scoutmaster Harry Keown is sitting in the second row (with moustache and holding dog) outside his family home".



[Photo courtesy of 10th Scout Troop, Andrew Totten]


Keown was a member of the Belfast Banking Company Sports Club on 26th March 1945 paying 5 shillings subscription. In March 1947, he was in Central branch.

Retirement came in 1952 and he died on 15th May 1965.

MacIlwaine, Frederick McDonnell


Sergeant Frederick McDonnell MacIlwaine
was born on 24th June 1883.

He was the son of Julia Alura Gaussen MacIlwaine of 69 Eglantine Avenue, Belfast.  Other family or friends are Robert Inkerman Calwell of Scottish Temperance Buildings, Belfast and Arthur Douglas MacIlwaine of 1 Wellington Place, Belfast.  Another address for him is 25 Bawnmore Road, Belfast.

MacIlwaine joined the Belfast Banking Company on 1st November 1900 and worked in East End, South End and Lisburn branches.


East End branch (Albertbridge Road, Belfast)

MacIlwaine served with the Royal Engineers and attained the rank of Sergeant. He served as a despatch rider.

The Belfast Banking Company 'Roll of Honour' booklet records MacIlwaine as having been 'previously wounded' with his last known address as 'Houghton'.  He is recorded as being from Rathmines branch.

Following his demobilisation after the Great War, MacIlwaine returned to work eventually ending up in the Accountants Department.

Retirement came on 1st December 1944.

MacIlwaine died on 9th March 1950.

The Belfast News Letter of 3rd May 1915 below records detail of the family of 4 brothers serving in the army:



Ulster and the War - Bank Clerks in the Army

Ulster and the War - Bank Clerks in the Army


The Belfast News Letter of 15th December 1914 reported: