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Saturday, 11 June 2016

Hanna, Alexander (Lex)

Captain Alexander (Lex) Hanna
was born in Belfast on 15th December 1920.   The family lived in University Street, Belfast. He was of Church of Ireland faith.

On 1st May 1939 Hanna joined Northern Bank at Head Office.  In 1940 he was transferred to Windsor as Junior. 

He had joined the Territorial Army (Royal Regiment of Artillery) in 1938 and was ‘Called up on Active Service’ on 21st May 1941.   His unit was the 66th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment.   His rank and promotions as Lance Bombardier (unpaid), Lance Bombardier and Bombardier.   Further promotion came when he was gazetted from a cadet to be a 2nd Lieutenant on 4th June 1943 with Service Number 278219. 

Hanna was awarded the 1939-45 Star, the Italy Star, the Defence Medal and the War Medal for service during WWII. 

The picture below is of Hanna's actual miniature (dress) medal group (my thanks go to his daughter, Pauline for making them available).

See Medals awarded during WWII.
On 7th October 1946 he resumed duty with the Northern Bank at Head Office. Transfers followed to Ball’s Branch (1946), Head Office (1948), Ballymena (1948), Newtownbutler (1951), O’Connell Street (1955), Head Office (1964), Keady (1966) and Armagh (1969).

Northern Banking Company, Ballymena

On 16th April 1948 he was awarded a commission in the Territorial Army (TA). He was gazetted to be a Captain from 24th May 1948. Later he was placed on the TA Reserve of Officers on 21st May 1953.
Hanna retired as Manager of Armagh branch in 1983.

First published on 12th November 2012.