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Friday, 14 December 2018

Walker, Samuel Edgar Stewart

Lieutenant Samuel Edgar Stewart Walker

was born on 29th April 1891 to  James Walker and Annie Mary Walker nee Stewart of Ballyrock. 

In 1901 Samuel is living in house 1, Ballyrock Scotch, Beardiville, Co. Antrim with his grandparents David & Martha Walker, his parents and 5 siblings, Ida, Karolina, Marion, Francis and Robert.

By 1911 the property is recorded as house 5, Ballyrock Scotch, Beardiville, Co. Antrim. 
Walker would have joined the Belfast Banking Company around 1909 working in Derry and Warrenpoint branches.

[Belfast Banking Company, Londonderry branch, 1918]

[Belfast Banking Company, Warrenpoint branch, 1918]

In 1911, Walker is boarding in house 1.2 Castlewood Avenue, Rathmines & Rathgar East, Co. Dublin.  He is described as a Bank Clerk.  There are a further 2 possible colleagues boarding; Samuel H Eakin (22) and Archibald A Ennes (20), both described as Bank Clerks. 

Walker enlisted as a Private into the Royal Highlanders with Service Number 2178.  His first theatre of war is recorded as the Western Front from 2nd May 1915.

Following his promotion to 2nd Lieutenant he was transferred to the 12th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and later promoted to Lieutenant.

The Belfast Banking Company 'Roll of Honour' booklet records Walker as having been 'previously wounded' with his last known address 'Palestine'.
The Medal Index Card records his address as the Royal Bank of Ireland, Rathdown, Queens County, Ireland.

He was awarded the 1915 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Smyth, William Thorpe

Lieutenant William Thorpe Smyth

was born around 1898 to 1901 to William Smyth and Margretta Smyth.  

In 1911 he is living in house 2, Dunamoy, Rashee, Co. Antrim with his parents and 3 siblings, David, Margretta and John.
Other addresses are Curragh, Dungall, Ballymena, The Vow, Ballymoney and Cambrai, Newhill Road, Ballymoney.
Smyth would have joined the Belfast Banking Company around 1915 working in Newry.

[Belfast Banking Company, Newry branch, 1918]

A Medal Index Card in the name of William Thorpe Smyth records him serving in the Connaught Rangers before transferring to the 7th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

His first theatre of war is recorded as France from July 1916.  He attained the rank of Lieutenant. 
The Belfast Banking Company 'Roll of Honour' booklet records Smyth as having been 'previously wounded'.

Between January to March 1918 he married Mary Edith Livingstone.  The wedding was registered in Dundalk.

Thorpe was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Following his demobilisation after the Great War, Smyth returned to work eventually ending up Accountants Department. 
Retirement came in 1942.

Wm T Smyth died on 21st February 1963.  His address at that time was 19 Ashley Gardens, Belfast.  His estate, sealed in London was £79 3s 4d and left to his widow, Mary Edith Smyth.  His estate, sealed in Belfast was £2,061 16s and left to his widow, Mary Edith Smyth.

The website Roll of Honour records the following information:

SMYTH, Flying Officer (Pilot), BENJAMIN THORPE, 170709. 113 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 29th March 1945.  Son of William Thorpe Smyth and Mary Edith Smyth, of Belfast, Northern Ireland. 28. G. 19.  [Taukkyan War Cemetery].

Scott, John Marshall

Lieutenant John Marshall Scott
was born in 1886 to Albert Scott and Georgina Scott.  

In 1901 John lived in house 82, Vergemount Hall, Clonskeagh, Pembroke West, Dublin with his parents and 3 siblings, Albert George; Ernest Hill and Hilda Joy.  

The 1911 Irish Census records the family living in house 1, Clareville Road, Terenure, Dublin.  His sister Hilda Joy is the only sibling living at home.  John’s occupation is described as a Banker. 
Scott would have joined the Belfast Banking Company around 1911 and worked in Pembroke, Dublin and Rathmines, Dublin.

Belfast Banking Company, Pembroke, Dublin branch

Belfast Banking Company, Rathmines, Dublin branch

Scott served with the 1st Bn. Prince of Wales's Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians).  

On 1st July 1916 Scott was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant (on probation).  

His first theatre of war is recorded as Salonika, Greece from 15th September 1916.

On 2nd August 1919 Capt & QM Lt J M Scott returned to the UK with the 1st Bn Leinster Regiment.

Medal Index Card - Lt J M Scott

Scott would have been awarded the Victory Medal and the British War Medal.