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Monday, 7 January 2019

Stirling, Thomas

Lieutenant Thomas Stirling
was born on 23rd July 1895 at 44a or 440 Govan Road, Govan, Scotland to Thomas Stirling (Senior - Night Watchman) and Annie Stirling nee Colvin.  

Thomas (Senior) and Annie had been married on 7th September 1891 in the District of Govan.

In 1901 the family are living in the Govan area of Scotland.

In 1911 the family are living in house 6, Liswatty Lower, Knockantern, Co. Londonderry.  His brother William (19) occupation is described as a farmer's son.  William and Thomas' (15) birthplace are recorded as Scotland.
Stirling would have joined the Belfast Banking Company around 1913 and worked in Newry and Head Office.

[Belfast Banking Company, Newry branch - 1918]

[Belfast Banking Company, Head Office - 1918]

Stirling served with the 20th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles and attained the rank of Lieutenant. 
The Forces War Record database records a 2nd Lieutenant T Stirling of the Royal Irish Rifles as being wounded on 8th September 1917.

It also records a promotion to Temp Lieutenant for a T Stirling with seniority from 7th January 1918 whilst serving with the 15th (Service) Battalion (North Belfast) Royal Irish Rifles.

It also records a Temp Lt T Stirling as being Mentioned in Dispatches in the London Gazette (Issue 431442 page 8709) dated 8th July 1919. 

The Belfast Banking Company 'Roll of Honour' booklet records Stirling as having been 'previously wounded' with his last known address 'in France'.

PRONI records a Thomas Stirling of Liswatty, Cloyfin, Coleraine, County Londonderry farmer died 11 September 1941 Probate Belfast 4 March to William Charles Acheson and Finlay Sinclair farmers. Effects £466 13s. 4d.

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