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Saturday, 1 December 2018

Shannon, B



Benjamin Shannon
was born on 12th April 1880 to John Shannon (Labourer of Upper Ballingate, Co. Wicklow) and Sarah Shannon nee Kinch.  

The Irish Census 1901 records a Benjamin (20) as boarding in house 21 Clanmorris, Ardfert, Co. Kerry.  His occupation is recorded as 'Ordnance Survey'.  Two other 'OS' staff are boarding in this property.

The Irish Census 1911 records a Benjamin (29) living in house 32 Golden Lane, Wood Quay, Dublin.  His occupation is recorded as a Shop Assistant.

On 10th March 1912 Benjamin (full age) married Emily Martha Wood.  Both their addresses are recorded as 22 Adelaide Street, Kingstown.  Benjamin's occupation is recorded as a Bank Porter.  His father is recorded as Robert Shannon.  [This does not agree with the birth record].

Prior to 1912 Benjamin Shannon became a Bank Porter for the Belfast Banking Company.

Benjamin enlisted directly into the Royal Flying Corps (on 16th April) 1917 as a Class F Reservist (with Service Number 76056) eventually being appointed as a Air Mech 2.

An enquiry left on the forum of the '1914-1918.Invisionzone.com' led to Forum member, 'HarryBrook' advising me of the following details:

  • R.A.F. Muster Roll 1918
  • Air Force No. 76056
  • Name Shannon B.
  • R.N.A.S. or R.F.C. Trade Classification - K.B.S.(B.P.)
  • Remustered to R.A.F. Trade Classification - Labourer
  • R.N.A.S. or R.F.C. Rank or Appointment - Air Mech 2
  • New Rank in Air Force - Private 1
  • Date of Joining - 16.4.17
  • Date of Last Promotion - 1.1.18
  • Normal Rate Air Force Pay - 1s 8d
  • Terms of Enlistment - DW
Benjamin received the Victory Medal and.the British War Medal.  These were dispatched on 10th October 1921.

Following demobilisation, Benjamin returned to work for the Belfast Banking Company (BBCo).

On 25th June 1956 Emily Martha Shannon (83 - housewife) died at Royal Bank House, 102 Upper Georges Street, Dun Laoghaire (formerly Kingstown).

The Belfast Banking Company had branches all over Ireland.  At partition, the BBCo made the decision to sell all its (now) southern branches to the Royal Bank of Ireland.  




1918 photograph of the Belfast Banking Company, Kingstown

The site of this building is now occupied by Dunnes Stores (re Google Earth image.  Across the road is the former Royal Bank of Ireland branch and bank house.  Bernard Shannon and hios family probably entered via the left hand doorway.




Google Earth screen print of the former Royal Bank of Ireland branch in Dun Laoghaire


On 18th November 1962 Benjamin Shannon (81 - widower) died at 38 Belgrave Square, Monkstown.  His occupation is recorded as a bank porter.  Emily E Shannon, daughter was present at his death.