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Sunday, 10 February 2019

McManus, Hubert

Hubert McManus


[Photo courtesy of Jennifer Riley McManus]


was born on 27th May 1888 at Market Square, Dungannon to Samuel McManus (Draper) and Jane McManus nee Booth.  

In 1901, Hubert was living in house 14, Market Square (East Side), Dungannon, Co. Tyrone with his parents and 6 siblings, Samuel Edgar, Anne Gertrude, Louisa Euphemia, Harold, Winifred and Randal Edmund (see below).  2 shop assistants, Nellie Keer & Jane Gullfillan and 2 servants, Annie Bates & Cathleen Dunlop also lived in the property.

In 1911, a Herbert McManus is boarding in house 59, Willowbank Street, Clifton Ward, Belfast.  He was aged 23 and a Bank Official Accountant. 
Based on his age, McManus may have joined the Belfast Banking Company around 1905.

In 1914 Hubert enlisted into the North Irish Horse with Service Number 1267.  Later he transferred to the Machine Gun Corps with Service Number 104215 where he was promoted to Corporal.  





His first theatre of war is recorded as France and Flanders from 2nd June 1915.

He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant on 26th October 1917.

An injury occurred making Hubert eligible for the Silver War Badge (SWB).  The Medal Index Card records the number incorrectly as 183889.  The SWB Roll records the badge number as 383889.  He was invalided out of the army in 1917.  





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







A descendant (via a cousin of Hubert's), Alastair McManus (Canada) has sent me this information:

" .... Hubert emigrated to Canada in 1911 (or 1912) with his younger brother Randal (killed in WW1), probably going to stay with their older brother Harold.  Hubert worked in the North Bay, Ontario, branch of the Imperial Bank of Canada, 210 miles north of Toronto.  However, on the outbreak of war, both he and Randal returned to Ireland in 1914.  Hubert enlisted in the North Irish Horse.  He was later commissioned and was invalided from service in 1917.  He returned to the Belfast Bank in 1918 and remained in Belfast for the rest of his life. ...."


McManus was a member of the Belfast Banking Company Sports Club in April 1947 paying 5 shillings subscription and was recorded as being in Head Office. 
The Staff Magazine ‘The Link (Summer 1984)’ contains a photograph of McManus in a 1947 Belfast Banking Company Cricket Team.






Hubert's brother, Randal Edmund is detailed on the Commonwealth War Graves website as follows:

Son of Jane McManus, 6 Howard Terrace, Dungannon; Lance Corporal, Army Number 41505, died 19/04/1918 aged 26, 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers, commemorated on Pane 140 to 141, Tyne Cot Memorial.



[Newspaper image courtesy of Mrs Gemma Crutchley
via Lives of the First World War website]

5 comments:

  1. Alastair McManus6 March 2013 at 03:56

    Hubert McManus was born in 1888 in Dungannon, but his father was Samuel McManus who had a tailoring business in Dungannon. His mother was Jane (Booth) McManus. William Dunlop McManus was one of his uncles who remained a bachelor and was also had a tailoring and drapery business in Antrim town. Hubert was a first cousin of my grandfather (a doctor). Hubert emigrated to Canada in 1911 (or 1912) with his younger brother Randal (killed in WW1), probably going to stay with their older brother Harold. Hubert worked in the North Bay, Ontario, branch of the Imperial Bank of Canada, 210 miles north of Toronto. However, on the outbreak of war, both he and Randal returned to Ireland in 1914. Hubert enlisted in the North Irish Horse. He was later commissioned and was invalided from service in 1917. He returned to the Belfast Bank in 1918 and remained in Belfast for the rest of his life.
    Hubert wrote some exellent notes on our family's history. Submitted by Alastair McManus edit_inc2002@yahoo.co.uk

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    1. Hi Alastair, many thanks for this information and corrections. I have inserted them into the biography. By any chance, would you have any photographs of Hubert in uniform? Do you know what rank he ended up with? I have found his brother's death on the CWGC website and will shortly incude in the biography. many thanks, again, Gavin

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    2. Hi Alastair, would you also look at Hugh McManus and verify the details there? I have him as a son of Hubert serving in WW2. Thanks, Gavin.

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  2. Hi Alastair,

    I can't believe I have come across this blog! Hubert was my Grandfather and Hugh was my Uncle. My Father, Hugh's Brother, was Edmund Wildred McManus.

    Linda

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  3. Thanks for this! I’d forgotten I put that up there!

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Please add any verifiable information to assist me in building on the biographical information already detailed. Thank you.