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Thursday, 14 March 2019

Nesbitt, William Alexander



Signaller William Alexander Nesbitt

was born on 26th August 1899 at Toberdowney, Ballynure and was the son of the Rev. Samuel T Nesbitt and Agnes Bailie Nesbitt nee Hill.

In 1901 William was living in house 7, Toberdowney, Ballynure, Co. Antrim with his parents, a nurse, a servant and a sister, Mary Evelyn.

In 1911 William was living in the same house with his parents, a servant, a visitor and 45 siblings; Mary Evelyn, John Herbert, Florence Agnes, Dorothy Sarah, and Gladys Josephine.

Nesbitt joined the Belfast Bank on 16th April 1917 working in Derry, East End and Accountants.



[BBCo, Londonderry branch]



[BBCo, East End branch]



[BBCo, Head Office, Accountants Department]


According to the BBCo records, William Alexander Nesbitt served as a Signaller (Private) with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers.  However, I am unable to identify him in the on-line databases.

Following his demobilisation after the Great War, Nesbitt returned to work.  His address is recorded as Ingleside, Browns Bay, Islandmagee.  Nesbitt was a member of the Belfast Banking Company Sports Club on 30th March 1946 paying 5 shillings subscription and was worked in Head Office.

Retirement came on 16th April 1962.

Nesbitt died on 23rd September 1978.

Oldham, Edward Garr Wesley



2nd Lieutenant Edward Garr Wesley Oldham

was born on 27th May 1887 at 43 Prospect Terrace, Belfast to Edward Garr Oldham (Clerk) and Agnes Rebecca Oldham nee Mulholland.



[43-47 Prospect Terrace, University Road, Belfast - courtesy of Albert Bridge via Geograph.ie]


In 1901 he lived in house 111, Lisburn Road, Windsor Ward, Belfast with his parents, 3 aunts, a nurse, a servant and 4 siblings; Leslie, Thomas, Henry and John (dob 28th August 1897 - see below).

Edward would have joined the Belfast Banking Company around 1905 and worked in Markets branch and Head Office.


[Belfast Banking Company, Markets branch]


[Belfast Banking Company, Head Office]


By 1911 their property was now described as house 184, Lisburn Road, Windsor Ward, Belfast. Both father and son are described as Bank Officials.  The parents, a servant (*) and the 5 boys are present in the house.

On 28th September 1912, Oldham's father signed the Ulster Covenant at Fisherwick Presbyterian Church, Belfast giving his address as 184 Lisburn Road, Belfast.

Edward volunteered and served with the 10th Royal Irish Rifles.  His Service Number was 10/15717.  His first theatre of war was recorded as France from 5th October 1915.  He was later promoted to Lance Corporal.

Promotion to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant was attained in August 1917.

On 15th September 1917 Edward married Emily (Emmie) Victoria Nicol of Belfast at Duncairn Presbyterian Church.  Edward is described as a military officer.

The Belfast News Letter of 1st May 1918 reports:





Following his demobilisation after the Great War, Oldham returned to work.  The Belfast Banking Company 'Roll of Honour' records Oldham as having been 'previously wounded' with his last known address as 'in France'.

As an officer, Edward had to apply for his medal entitlement.  He was awarded the 14/15 Star, the Victory medal and the British War Medal.  The address recorded on his Medal Index card was 6 Chichester Avenue, Belfast.







He is remembered on the Balmoral Golf Club Roll of Honour along with his brother John Byers Oldham.  John served in the Army Service Corps (T4/149974); North Irish Horse (2665) and the North Irish Horse/Royal Irish Fusiliers (41346).


[Balmoral Golf Club War Memorial / Roll of Honour
- Courtesy of John McCormick]


[Balmoral Golf Club War Memorial / Roll of Honour
- Courtesy of John McCormick]


Oldham was a member of the Belfast Banking Company Sports Club on 26th March 1945 paying 5 shillings subscription.

Retirement came in 1948.

Oldham died on 6th November 1949 aged 63 in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast.  His last address was 19 Rosetta Avenue, Belfast.

(*)  1901 Irish Census - Ellen Farrell (36), Rostrevor, County Down.  Married on 16th July 1903 to Patrick McKenna at St Peter's Roman Catholic church, Belfast.  This information has been included as a descendant of Ellen Farrell is trying to source a photograph of her.