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Thursday, 19 December 2019

Andrews, Arthur Alexander



Lieutenant Arthur Alexander Andrews
was born at Stuart Place, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone on 27th August 1894 to Alexander Andrews, Tea Merchant and Violet Andrews nee Morrison. 

In 1901 Arthur lived in house 1, Chapel Road, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone with his parents and 3 siblings, Jim (*), May and Fred.  3 servants were also in the house; 2 were also described as Tea Travellers.

In 1911 Arthur, his parents and 2 siblings, Annie May and Fred Stanley were living in the same property.  2 servants also described as Tea Travellers were also in the house.

Arthur probably joined the Belfast Banking Company between 1912 and the war years.  His father, Alex Andrews signed the necessary indemnity for the bank.  Arthur saw service in Portaferry, Coleraine and Bangor branches. 



[A A Andrews - Belfast Banking Company - Bankers Guarantee Ledger]



[Belfast Banking Company, Portaferry branch]




[Belfast Banking Company, Coleraine branch]


[Belfast Banking Company, Coleraine branch - interior]



[Belfast Banking Company, Bangor branch]


Arthur enlisted into the Royal Irish Fusiliers in 1915 and served with their 9th and 10th Battalions first as a 2nd Lieutenant and then as a Lieutenant.

The following transcripts of newspaper articles relating to Arthur Andrews have been copied from the website Dungannon War Dead Database.  My sincere thanks go to their researchers.  This excellent link also provides extensive coverage of the war actions of Arthur's two brothers, 2nd Lt Wm James M Andrews (RFC) and 2nd Lt Fred S Andrews (Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers).

The Mid Ulster Mail dated 29th 1915 reports:

"Mr Arthur Andrews, who was home for the weekend, is the second son of Mr Alexander Andrews, Stuart Place, Dungannon. Educated at Dungannon Royal School, he obtained an appointment in the Belfast Bank after public competition. He served in the company’s offices in Portaferry and Coleraine and also in Bangor. He has answered his country’s call on Easter Tuesday and joined the Cadet Corps of the 17th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, and is at present stationed at Newcastle, County Down." 

The Belfast News-Letter dated 13th July 1916 reports:

"Second Lieutenant Arthur Andrews, Royal Irish Fusiliers (Armagh Volunteers), who, as already reported, was wounded on the 1st July, has now written to his father, Mr Alexander Andrews, Stuart Place, Dungannon, stating that he sustained a compound fracture of the thigh, but is progressing favourably."

The Tyrone Courier dated 13th July 1916 reports:

"Second Lieutenant Arthur Andrews, Irish Fusiliers, wounded in the thigh, is the second son of Mr Alexander Andrews, Stuart Place, Dungannon, and received his commission on 23rd August 1915. Previous to this, he was in the employment of the Belfast Banking Company in Coleraine and Belfast. He was educated at the Royal School Dungannon."


The Mid Ulster Mail dated 15th July 1916 reports:

"Second Lieutenant Arthur Andrews, Royal Irish Fusiliers, has been wounded in the thigh. He is the second son of Mr Alexander Andrews, Stuart Place, Dungannon, and received his commission on 23rd August 1915. Previous to this he was in the employment of the Belfast Banking Company in Coleraine and Belfast. He was educated at the Royal School Dungannon."


The Tyrone Courier dated 20th July 1916 reports:

"Second Lieutenant Arthur Andrews, Irish Fusiliers, who as already reported, was wounded on 1st July, has written to his father Mr Alexander Andrews, Stuart Place, Dungannon, stating that he sustained a compound fracture of the thigh, but is progressing favourably."


The Mid Ulster Mail dated 22nd July 1916 reports:

"Second Lieutenant Andrews, Royal Irish Fusiliers, who, as already noted, has been wounded in action, has written to his father, Mr Alexander Andrews, Stuart Place, Dungannon, intimating that he sustained a compound fracture of the thigh, caused by a bullet wound."


The Mid Ulster Mail dated 23rd December 1916 reports:

"Second Lieutenant Arthur Andrews, Royal Irish Fusiliers, returned home to Dungannon on Tuesday suffering from wounds received in the famous advance on 1st July. He is the second son of Mr Alexander Andrews, Stuart Place, Dungannon, and received his commission on 23rd August 1915, having prior to volunteering been in the employment of the Belfast Banking Company in Coleraine and Belfast. He has sustained a compound fracture of the thigh, and the sciatic nerve had also been injured causing severe pain."


Arthur was reported in the Belfast Banking Company 'Roll of Honour' booklet as 'wounded in action'.


[Belfast Banking Company - 'Roll of Honour' booklet]

Following Arthur's demobilisation from the war, he was awarded the British Victory Medal and the British War Medal.  His address as recorded on the Medal Index Card is The Royal Bank of Ireland, Letterkenny.


[A A Andrews - Medal Index Card]

The Medal Index Card records that Arthur was awarded a Silver War Badge numbered 233447 on 10th April 1918 as a result of his injuries.


[A A Andrews - Silver War Badge roll (bottom)]

On 25th July 1921 the Belfast News Letter reported that Mr A A Andrews of Belfast Bank was in a serious motor accident with injuries that may result in his leg being amputated.  This may be avoided as his other leg was injured during the war.



[Belfast News Letter dated 25th July 1921]


The Bankers Guarantee ledger records in pencil that Arthur 'left' the bank, date unknown.  

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Stewart, Eric Hilton


Corporal Eric Hilton Stewart
was born in Belfast on 15th July 1895 the son of Harry Hilton Stewart, Bank Clerk and Anna Mary Maude Stewart nee Young.

In 1901 Eric was living in house 15, (Chattenden), Chichester Park, Belfast with his parents, 2 aunts Margaret Elizabeth and Emily Alice and 2 siblings,  Percy Malcolm and Marjorie Evelyn.  The family were of  of Church of Ireland faith.  Harry's job was recorded as Bank Inspector and he worked for Northern Bank.

In 1911 the parents are living in house 20, Salisbury Avenue, Clifton Ward, Belfast with their family aged Marjorie (10), Ethel (4) and Alan (1).  There are 2 servants as well.  Eric would have been aged 15 or 16 in 1911.   He was not present in the house on Census day and was recorded as residing in house 1.2, College Hill, Armagh.  This is probably Armagh Royal School. 

On ‘Ulster Day’, Saturday, 28th September 1912, Stewart signed the Ulster Covenant at Cliftonpark Church Lecture Hall giving his address as 5 Salisbury Villas, Chichester Park, Belfast.

Stewart joined Northern Bank on 5th October 1913 in Head Office.  Transfers to Shaftesbury Square (1913) and Head Office (1914) followed.


[Northern Banking Company, Head Office, Victoria Street, Belfast] 


[Northern Banking Company, Shaftesbury Square branch]


In September 1914, Eric volunteered and enlisted into the Royal Fusiliers (Public Schools and Universities Bn.) as a Private with Service Number FS5676.   His first theatre of war is recorded as France from 15th November 1915.  He was promoted to Lance Corporal and then to Corporal.  He served with the British Expeditionary Force ultimately ending up at the Somme (1916).


[Eric H Stewart - Medal Index Card]

Eric was serving with the 20th Bn. Royal Fusiliers when he was killed in action on 16th July 1916 aged 21.

He was awarded the 1914/15 Star, the British Victory Medal and the British War Medal and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France.

The Belfast News Letter of 25th July 1916 reports:




Following his death, Eric's final pay and benefits was awarded to his father, Harry H Stewart, Chief Inspector, Northern Banking Company.  Harry died in 1940.


[Eric Stewart - Register of Soldiers' Effects]

Furniss, James


2nd Lieutenant James Furniss

was born on 13th November 1888 in Cheshire, North West England, the eldest son of English parents, John E and Ellen Furniss.  John was a Mine Manager. In 1901, the family were living in house 6, Straid, Ballynure, Co. Antrim.  He was raised as Church of Ireland along with his siblings, John Edward (b. 1891), George (b. 1893) and Herbert (b. 1897). Schooling for James was at Skerry's College, 143 Royal Avenue, Belfast.  The school is described as one that prepares candidates for the Civil Service. 

On 10th April 1905, he joined Northern Bank, firstly going to Head Office, Victoria Street, Belfast.


[Northern Banking Company, Head Office, Victoria Street, Belfast]

Over the next 10 years, James saw service in Newry, Grafton Street (Dublin), Head Office and back again to Grafton Street.


[Northern Banking Company, Newry branch]


[Former Northern Banking Company, Grafton Street, Dublin branch]


In 1911, James is boarding in house 26, Parnell Place, Rathmines and Rathgar West, Dublin.  A Northern Bank colleague, John Andrew McNutt (b.1887) is also boarding in this house.  Both have their occupations described as Bank Officials.  Whilst working in Dublin, Furniss joined the Clontarf Cricket and Football Club, Castle Avenue, Clontarf, Co. Dublin.  There is one newspaper report of James taking part in a cricket match in 1913.  This appears to have been the only match he played in that year.  There were to be no further matches in the period 1914 to 1919.  During the war the club was closed, as most members had gone to war and the land was cultivated as part of the national food security, the war-time food economy.

On ‘Ulster Day’, Saturday, 28th September 1912, George, Herbert and John Furniss signed the Ulster Covenant at Straid and Ballyboley (Herbert).  Ellen signed the Women’s Ulster Declaration at Ballyclare.

Whilst the war had started in 1914, James decided to wait until 1916 before volunteering for military service.  Although he was working in Grafton Street, Dublin, James travelled to London to enlist into the Inns of Court Officer Training Corps (OTC).  

James Furniss enlisted for war service on 9th February 1916 into the Inns of Court OTC at Stone's Building, London.  This address was probably a recruiting office.  His contract would have been counter-signed by an Ensign (who would probably have been a 2nd Lieutenant), a Justice of the Peace or an Officer or other authorised person permitted to certify recruits, as well as a witness.

There was a medical examination on the same day.  It says that James Furniss’ age was 27 years and one month. He was 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighed 146 lbs.  His vision was 6 / 6 and his general physical condition was described as ‘good’.  The medical examination was summarised as ‘fit for service in the Inns of Court OTC’.

James was adopted for service at the Inns of Court Officer OTC as a private with Service Number 9404.  The document states that he is unmarried, a British citizen and has shown good morals.  The latter was certified on 29th July 1916 by two people.  They were the vicar of Holy Orders in Ballynure who testified that James Furniss had a good morale in the last 25 years and a person named Logan who resided in Co. Antrim who testified that James Furniss had shown good morality throughout life.  It further says that James Furniss has sufficient civilian training to become an officer, as attested by the Principal, John W. Renshaw, Shaftesbury House, Botanic Avenue, Belfast.  This was a Tutorial College in Belfast.

9404, Private James Furniss, Inns of Court OTC was ordered to appear for service on 3rd November 1916 at No. 7 Officer Cadet Battalion in Moore Park, Fermoy.  He trained there until 28th February 1917 when he was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant and posted to the Royal Irish Rifles.  His training grade was rated ‘Good’.


[James Furniss - Medal Index Card]


A document from the Ministry of War (War Office) dated 2nd April 1917 appointed James Furniss to 2nd Lieutenant in the Special Reserve of Officers (4th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles).  It is signed by Colonel M D Graham, Assistant Military Secretary, with a copy to be sent to the responsible officer at the 4th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles, Sunny Lands, Carrickfergus.  As is usual with officer’s promotions, the appointment is also announced in the London Gazette.

Furniss served in this regiment until the spring of 1917 when he was posted to the 1st Bn. Royal Irish Rifles, which then belonged to the 8th Division. 

The 25th Brigade, which the 1st Royal Irish Rifles was attached to on this occasion, had the task of passing through the 23rd and 24th Brigades at the height of the Westhoek Ridge, which ran between Frezenberg and Westhoek Road.  The goal was to reach the "Green" line which was an imaginary line in the terrain that ran from Zonnebeke in the west to the left edge of Polygon Wood.  This second phase of the attack was carried out by three battalions, the 2nd Lincolnshire to the right, the 1st Royal Irish Rifles in the middle and the 2nd Rifle Brigade on the left.

At 06.00 hours in the morning, the battalion moved from the Halfway House and half an hour later there came reports that said that the 23rd and 24th Brigades attack had been a complete success. Furniss’ battalion was then ordered to advance towards Westhoek Ridge in so called artillery formation.  This was a formation that meant that the battalion was advancing according to a specific pattern in which squads were scattered in order to be less vulnerable to artillery fire.

When they approached the Westhoek Ridge at 08:30 hours, it quickly became apparent that the situation was not what they expected.  The advancing brigades had in itself made a successful advance, but they had not managed to occupy positions in "The Black Line" on Westhoek Ridge adjacent to the Polygon Wood, as the officers had previously thought.

Whilst the British artillery opened the new barrage against the German positions, Furniss’ battalion went into the attack in perfect formation.   t was then just after 10:00 hours (Zero hour + 6 hours 20 minutes with zero hour being 03:50 hours).

The Battalion's left company, D Company, had met with declining fire from machine guns and snipers, both directly in front of them and from their right flank, when they began their advance from the Black Line.  D Company was forced soon after to the ground by the enemy machine-gun fire that came from German positions just west of the area that had recently been exposed to the barrages.  The D Company Commander then gave orders that they would attack in sections, but losses the first minute were so terrible that they immediately had to stop the attack and retreated to their original positions and hold them. This company got in touch with the 2nd Rifle Brigade which at that time was on their left. ‘A’ Company to the right had been stopped by the same reason.  The Battalion middle Company, B, managed to move up all the way to Hannebeke Brook, a truly magnificent feat under the circumstances.  But it turned out after a while that it was impossible for them to defend these new positions as the enemy worked their way around their right flank, so even this company was forced to retreat.  The Company Commander gave orders to retreat until each flank was secured and had established contact with each company off both their right and left side. Colonel Reid, who had command of the battalion only a short time had won the affection and confidence of officers and ranks at all levels, was killed shortly after the attack began. 2nd Lieutenant James Furniss also died at this time and at the same place as Reid.

They managed to beat back a few minor counterattacks on the German side, but at 15:00 hours the situation became more serious when the Germans brought up reinforcements.  It was later reported from their observers that the Germans brought in new fresh troops by truck from Zonnebeke.  The entire weight of the counter case fell on the Lincolnshire and Royal Irish Rifles middle Company, B, and in some places reached the enemy in their trenches.  The surviving soldiers who had been pushed back rounded up by the few remaining officers and soldiers and went to counterattack.  They managed to push back the Germans in a powerful counter-attack, which left behind lots of dead.  A machine-gun was also captured.  The German counter-offensive was definitely broken and the ground gained by the 23rd and 24th Brigades during their past successes, could be held.

2nd Lieutenant James Furniss died on Tuesday, 31st July 1917, on the first day of the Third battle of Ypres. The weather report that day was overcast and the temperature was nearly 70 degrees Fahrenheit with nearly 1 inch of rain falling late in the afternoon.  Earlier in the day had been overcast with fog in the morning, but dry. [This data was derived from notes in the Meteorological Office archives].

The Belfast News Letter of 9th August 1917 reports:




The Belfast News Letter of 10th August 1917 reports:




When James Furniss died, the army advised the family that he had saved a total of £6 18s 1d. The money was sent to his brother, the Rev. George Furniss through a law firm based at 9 Chichester Street, Belfast.

His body was never found.

His brother, George Furniss married Miss Elizabeth Mary Chapman in 1923.  She was the daughter of William Chapman from the Magheralave area in Lisburn. George ministered at Christ Church, Derriaghy; St. Paul’s, Belfast; Drumgooland and St. Patrick's, Newry before retiring in 1936.  He died the following year, 1937.

Another brother, Herbert also worked for the Belfast Banking Company.  

2nd Lieutenant James Furniss is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.   He was also awarded the British Victory Medal and the British War Medal.   He is also commemorated on the Roll of Honour of the Clontarf Cricket and Football Clubs. During the Great War, 129 members of the club served with 24 paying the supreme sacrifice.

The other brother, Captain John Edward Furniss MC served with the 12th Bn. and the 4th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles.  He was a recipient of the Military Cross and survived the war although badly wounded.
















The Belfast News Letter of 24th April 1916 reports this of his brother, J E Furniss:




The Belfast News Letter of 13th June 1916 reports this of his brother, J E Furniss:



The Belfast News Letter of 28th July 1916 reports this of his brother, J E Furniss:



Probate of the Will was granted at Belfast to The Reverend George Furniss, Clerk.  Furniss' effects were £356 17s.


Curran, Herbert

  



Private Herbert Curran

was born at 5 Rossmore Avenue, Ormeau, Belfast, Co. Antrim on 20th August 1894 to Miles Curran and Edith Curran nee Bruce.  Miles' occupation is recorded as a Cashier.  The family were members of Elmwood Presbyterian Church, University Road, Belfast.

In 1901 they were living in house 64, North Parade, Belfast.  The family consisted of:

Miles Curran 42
Edith Curran 38

Harold T Curran 11
Edith 10
William Curran 8 - Royal Fusiliers (Service Number 8034)
Herbert Curran 6 - Royal Fusiliers (Service Number 2101)
May Curran 3
Lancelot Ernest 2 - RFC / RAF (Service Number 75518) - see section below

By 1911, Herbert was living in house 29, College Gardens, Belfast with his parents and 5 siblings, Harold, William, May, Lancelot and Gerald.  A maid, May Considine was also staying in the house. 

On 1st May 1912, Curran joined Northern Bank at Head Office.  Transfers followed to Shaftesbury Square (1912) and Head Office (1913). 


[Northern Banking Company, Head Office, Victoria Street, Belfast]


[Northern Bank, Shaftesbury Square, Belfast]

On 2nd December 1914, Herbert volunteered and enlisted into the 24th (2nd Sportsman’s) Bn. Royal Fusiliers (City of London) as a Private with Service Number 2101.  His first theatre of war is recorded as France from 15th November 1915.

Herbert was aged 21 when he was killed in action on 7th May 1916.  His battalion were in trenches in the vicinity of Fosse 10, Sains-en-Gohelle, when a shell hit a bombproof shelter, killing four men, including Herbert.




Herbert is buried in the Tranchee de Mecknes Cemetery, Aix-Noulette., Pas de Calais, France. 

Herbert is remembered on the Elmwood Presbyterian Church, Belfast War Memorial.  This was rediscovered recently by History Hub Ulster in the Elmwood Presbyterian Church, Lisburn after 30 years in a cupboard.






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


[Herbert Curran - Medal Index Card]


[Herbert Curran - Medal Roll]

Following Herbert's death, his final pay and awards was claimed by Miles Curran.


[Herbert Curran - Register of Soldiers Effects]

Administration with the Will was granted at Belfast to Miles Curran, Secretary.  Herbert's effects were £196 5s 4d.




On ‘Ulster Day’, Saturday, 28th September 1912, William Curran (an older brother) signed the Ulster Covenant at the Old Town Hall, Belfast.



Major Sir Lancelot Ernest Curran


Lancelot was the youngest son of Miles Curran and Edith Curran,  Born in 1899, Lancelot was to enlist in the RFC around 1916 / 1917.  

Following demobilisation from the army as a Major, Lancelot was to take up the legal profession and politics.  He was at various times, a High Court Judge, an MP (at Stormont). the Attorney General for NI and a Privy Councillor. from 1957 until his death in 1984.

Lancelot married Doris and they had 3 children including a daughter called Patricia.  Sadly Patricia was to have been murdered in 1952 in what has become one of Northern Ireland's notorious and as yet unsolved crimes.  There have been many news reports on the case.  This is one from the Belfast Telegraph for reference.

Revels, David Henry - Update


Lieutenant David Henry Revels


One of the family members of Lieutenant David Henry Revels has been in touch with me.  He had written about a year ago to the Ministry of Defence and made an application to them to see copies of Revels' army file.

This can be undertaken by any member of a family of someone who served.  See this link for details on how to apply:

http://www.veterans-uk.info/pdfs/service_records/army_pack.pdf


Following payment of the required fee, currently £30 (subject to annual review), photcopies of various documents were sent to the family member.

In the case of Revels, these documents included:


Application for Appointment to a Temporary Commission in the Regular Army for the period of the War – dated 27th October 1915

“I wish, however, to be considered specially for artillery, and to have my name placed on the waiting list”.
Application for Admission to an Officer Cadet Unit – dated 25th July 1916

When completing the application form, Revels described the occupation of his father as a 'Gentleman Farmer'.

Period 1938 to 1941

Various letters between Revels, the Bank and the War Office. Excepts from them follow below.
DHR appears to be offering his services to the army in Northern Ireland and although there is recruitment for a Fortress Unit and an Engineers Unit, DHR would like to see recruitment for a Horse & Field Unit of Artillery.   He seems to think that the ‘movement and training in different parts of the country ... would have a most stimulating effect on recruiting ...’


Application for Emergency Commission – dated 11th February 1941 – aged 53

Revels stated that he preferred working with horses rather than duty with an infantry regiment.

The main Revels biography has been updated with these and more detail.  They can be accessed here.

https://northernbankwarmemorials.blogspot.com/2019/12/revels-david-henry.html

Revels, David Henry





Lieutenant David Henry Revels
was born at Tullyhappy, Jerrettspass on 22nd February 1888 to Joseph Revels, Farmer and Elizabeth Anne Revels nee Qua.


David H Revels - Birth Registration


In 1901, David is living in house 18, Tullyhappy, Tullyhappy Ward, Co. Armagh with his parents and 5 siblings, Joseph, Agnes, Elizabeth, Samuel and Robert.  A nurse and 2 servants were also present in the house.

David joined Northern Bank at Head Office on 8th October 1906.



[Northern Bank, Head Office, Victoria Street, Belfast]


Transfers followed to Lisburn (1906), Carrick-on-Shannon (1907), Armagh (1908) and Ball’s Branch (1909).



Northern Bank, Lisburn branch (replaced in 1920s)


Northern Bank, Carrick-on-Shannon branch (see below)


Northern Bank, Armagh branch

By 1911, David is boarding in house 4, Lower Sackville Street, North Dock, Dublin.   He is recorded as a Bank Clerk.

On ‘Ulster Day’, Saturday, 28th September 1912, 14 members of the Revels family from Tullyhappy or Jerrettspass area signed either the Ulster Covenant or the Women’s Declaration.

David resigned from the Bank on 1st November 1912 but re-entered on 31st March 1913 at Strokestown.


Application for Appointment to a Temporary Commission in the Regular Army for the period of the War – dated 27th October 1915

David expressed his preference in the above mentioned document as follows:   
  • Garrison, Field or Horse Artillery; Cavalry or any Department connected with horses; any Infantry Regiment – Irish if possible. 
  • “I wish, however, to be considered specially for artillery, and to have my name placed on the waiting list”.

Application for Admission to an Officer Cadet Unit – dated 25th July 1916


Revels expressed his preference in the above mentioned document as follows: 
  • Special Reserve [i.e. not Regular Army]; Artillery, Royal Field Artillery
When completing the application form, David described the occupation of his father as a 'Gentleman Farmer'.

On 24th January 1916 at the age of 27, David volunteered and enlisted into the Inns of Court (Officer Training Corps (OTC)).  His first theatre of war is recorded as France from 10th January 1917.  He was gazetted as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery before serving in the British Expeditionary Force.   He was promoted to Lieutenant Special Service with the Arabian Field Force commanding a Camel Battery. Service was seen in the Somme 1918, Arras, Monchy le Preux, Chemical Works, Yser, Ypres 1917 and Kemmel 1918.

During the war, David was injured 3 times; a gunshot wound, gassed and seriously injured later. 
Demobilisation followed in July 1919.   He was awarded the British Victory Medal and the British War Medal.  The Army recorded his address as Northern Bank, Lanesborough, Co. Longford.


[David H Revels - Medal Index Card]


[David H Revels - Medal Roll]

On 7th July 1919 he re-joined the Northern Bank at Strokestown. Transfers followed to Lanesborough (1921), Head Office (1924), Irvinestown (1925) and Donegall Square (1925), Head Office (1927), Down – Sub-Manager (1931) and Head Office – No. 4 Teller (1933).


Northern Banking Company, Donegall Square

David married a Miss E E Spokes BA of Riverview, Banbridge in September 1931. 

David ceased to belong to the Regular Army Reserve of Officers in February 1938 having been a Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery with Service Number 114217. 

Northern Banking Company - Correspondents Advice

The following document was use to advise the banking community of D H Revels appointment as manager of Lanesborough branch.


Period 1938 to 1941
In addition to copies of the various application forms described in this section, the [current] Ministry of Defence released copies of various letters between Revels, the Bank and the War Office.   Excepts from them follow below.

Personal letter to the Under Secretary of State, The War Office dated 19th April 1938 (from D H R, NB, Head Office) referring to their letter of 14th April 1938 ‘... which I note with regret ...’. DHR appears to be offering his services to the army in Northern Ireland and although there is recruitment for a Fortress Unit and an Engineers Unit, DHR would like to see recruitment for a Horse & Field Unit of Artillery.   He seems to think that the ‘movement and training in different parts of the country ... would have a most stimulating effect on recruiting ...’

The War Office responded on 26th May 1938 acknowledging his offer of service and suggesting he would be interested in the Officers’ Emergency Reserve.

Letter from the Secretary, Northern Bank Ltd dated 23rd April 1940 to DHR advising that ‘... we have received your application to be relieved of duty here to enable you to join up for duty in HM Army Pay Department’.  ‘We have carefully considered your application and in doing so have taken into account your age, your length of service in the Bank and your active service during the last war.   We regret we must refuse your application, and reserve such permits, as we are able to grant, for much younger men’.
[DHR was aged 52 and 2 months and had circa 34 years of service.]

[DHR also considered that he had been given private assurances by an un-named Director that there would be no difficulty in leaving the bank for Active Service.]

Personal letter to the Under Secretary of State, The War Office dated 24th April 1940 (from D H R, NB, Head Office) referring to a letter dated 16th April 1940. DHR indicates ‘ .... that a difficulty has been raised by the Bank, at the last minute ....’.   He goes on to say that ‘ ... the objections are most unreasonable ....’.   DHR indicates that the Bank have an objection to him joining the Royal Army Pay Corps but no objection to him being called up for service in the Royal Artillery again.


Revels retired from the bank on 30th June 1941.


Application for Emergency Commission – dated 11th February 1941 – aged 53

Revels completed sections of the above mentioned document as follows:

Decorations held: General Service & Victory Medals (was recommended for MC)
Occupation: Bank official (was Branch Manager)
  • Education: Newry Intermediate School; Shaftesbury House, Belfast
  • Previous Service: Inns of Court OTC (Cavalry) 12/15 to 04/16; RHA St John’s Wood, Cadet 04/16 to 11/16; Commissioned RH & RFA (SR) & RARO 11/16 to 02/38
  • Preferred working with horses rather than duty with an infantry regiment.
  • “The usual Field ...... with a Battery of Horses .... Artillery on Active .... France ....”
  • Has an intimate knowledge of Belgium, France, Arabia, Ireland.
  • Qualifications: Usual instruction in M.G. (presume machine guns); School of Gunnery 1916; Course of Signalling; Veterinary Course (1917); Gas Course (passed 1st class)
  • Service Overseas: France 1916-18; Arabia
The application form was counter-signed by Major-General R K Hezlett.
Revels' referees were from the bank:
  • W F Scott, Northern Bank, Head Office – Chairman of Directors;
  • Capt F W White, Northern Bank, Head Office – Director.

  
Army Cadet Force – Northern Ireland

Signed 26th April 1945 (late Lieutenant Paymaster RA)  
  • Certificate states ‘if he is granted a commission, he will serve with the Cadet Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers.
Later he changed his name by Deed Poll from Revels to Revel. 

In 1943, he was made Paymaster with the Royal Army Pay Corps (RAPC). 
Following demobilisation in either 1945 or 1946, Revels purchased an auctioneering business in Newry, 4 miles from his native Jerrettspass. 
In the late 1940’s / early 1950’s, he emigrated to Canada with his family.  


Please also see this update:

http://northernbankwarmemorials.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/revels-david-henry-update.html


Northern Bank, Carrick-on-Shannon branch

The website Buildings of Ireland records the following:

Description

Detached four-bay two-storey over basement Victorian bank, built c.1880.  Hipped tiled roof with red brick and stone-dressed chimneystacks.  Red brick front and side elevations with sandstone string courses and dressings, and recessed brick panels with torus- moulded surrounds and quoins.  Rendered rear elevation with two-storey over basement return.  Cambered-arched openings with ovolo-moulded brick surrounds, timber sash windows and sandstone label mouldings to facade.  Sandstone balconet to first floor of fa├žade supported by brackets.  Round-headed window to side elevation.  Carved stone doorcase with overlight and sandstone overdoor.  Accessed from pavement via concrete bridge over area. Rendered and stone wall to street with wrought-iron railings.

Appraisal

This attractive Victorian bank building of red brick is unusual in Carrick-on-Shannon as the majority of buildings are rendered.  The elaborate carved stone dressings and contrasting brick emphasise the artistic quality.  The decorative brackets to the chimneystacks are an interesting feature.  Over time this building has retained its original function as well as retaining its original fabric.