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Monday, 7 January 2019

Taylor, Robert Graham



Corporal Robert Graham Taylor

was born on 5th August 1893 and was the son of Henry Taylor and Sarah Taylor nee Graham.  The birth was registered in the Kilrea sub-district of Coleraine district.

In 1901 and 1911, the family lived in house 15, Drumane, Hervey Hill, Co. Londonderry. 
Taylor joined the Belfast Banking Company on 24th April 1911 working in North City, Dublin and Ballymena.  Other addresses associated with Taylor are Reastown, Kilrea and Rose Park, Rasharkin.




[Belfast Banking Company, North City, Dublin branch - 1918]




[Belfast Banking Company, Ballymena branch - 1918]


Robert enlisted into the South Irish Horse with Service Number 1190 and later attained the rank of Acting Corporal.

His first theatre of war is recorded as France from 14th April 1915.





Robert later transferred to the Military Mounted Police with Service Number P/4818.
The Belfast Banking Company 'Roll of Honour' booklet records Robert as having been 'previously wounded' with his last known address 'in France'.

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



On demobilisation, Robert G Taylor returned to work for the Belfast Banking Company eventually rising to be the Managing Director.

Taylor retired on 30th November 1962 as Managing Director and continued on as a Director.

Death Announced of WW2 Veteran - B M Tweedie

We regret to advise of the death of Brian Morrison Tweedie on 17th July 2016 aged 92.

Brian was one of the last surviving Northern Bank / Belfast Bank officials to have served in the Second World War.

The only surviving WW2 participant to the best of my knowledge (*) is:

Clarke, David Victor - aged 93 -  27/02/1924


(*)  Northern Bank records only.

Tweedie, Brian Morrison

Brian Morrison Tweedie



was born on 27th August 1923 and was of Church of Ireland faith. 
On 13th April 1942 Tweedie joined Northern Bank at Head Office.  His address at that time was 32 Old Cavehill Road, Belfast.  

Transfers to Irvinestown – Relief (1942) and Secretary's Room, Head Office (1942) followed. 

In January 1943 he applied to the bank to be permitted to join the Royal Navy.

A formal resignation from the bank came in a letter dated 15th July 1946 to the bank from Tweedie indicating he was going to Queens' University.

Brian died in 2016.

The following obituary appeared in the British Dental Journal published 31st January 2017 and written by P S D Henderson.

Brian was brought up on Skegoneill Avenue in North Belfast.  He attended the local primary school and went on to RBAI (Royal Belfast Academical Institution), where he played in the 1942 Schools' Cup Rugby Final.  During the second world war, Brian's family were evacuated to Rathfriland where he had many cherished memories of living with the Fegan family.
On leaving school, Brian joined the Northern Bank and was posted to Irvinestown.  In 1943 he joined the Royal Navy and served on three landing ships, HMS Princess Astrid, HMS Eastway, and HMS Boxer.
Brian told the story of how his ship picked up a German U-Boat on radar, which they successfully torpedoed only to discover they had torpedoed a whale!
Brian was demobbed in 1946 and commenced his studies for dentistry at Queens University Belfast.  Unfortunately, Brian contracted tuberculosis in the Navy and spent two years in hospital, qualifying from Queens in 1953.
Brian set up a very successful practice in Rathcoole and became a very active member of the Northern Ireland branch of the BDA.  Brian served as Secretary, Branch President (1983) and was Trustee of the Benevolent Fund for many years serving on the Executive Committee.
Brian was elected to the International College of Dentists for services to dentistry, was awarded Life Membership of BDA in 1990 and was elected a Fellow of the BDA in 1998.  He was involved in the establishment of a general practice training unit in the School of Dentistry and worked part-time in a teaching post there.
Brian was a very keen golfer and an active member of Greenisland Golf Club where he was Captain in 1969 and was President for the club's centenary year – 1994.
Brian was a longstanding member of St. Peter's Parish Church where he served in many capacities. Brian, with his Navy background was called on every year to lay a wreath on Remembrance Sunday.
Brian is survived by his wife (of nearly 60 years), Heather, son, Philip and daughters, Jenny, Caroline and Susie.

Stewart, James Crawford



Lieutenant James Crawford Stewart
was born between January to March 1893 to Samuel Stewart (Clerk) and Isabella Crawford Stewart nee Crawford.  

Samuel Stewart (Clerk) and Isabella Crawford were married on 19th November 1889 under special licence in the house of the bride at Rosnagalla House, Glendermot and registered in the Strabane register.  The marriage was registered a second time in the Londonderry register.

In 1901, Isabella and her son, James were living with her parents (Crawford) and 2 sisters and 1 brother in house 2, Rossnagillagh, Glendermot, Co. Londonderry.  James (8) is described as a scholar.  James' sister Jeannie E also lived in the property.  There were also 4 servants.

In 1911, Isabella is residing in house 6, Claredon Street, Londonderry.  This later was known as 11 Clarendon Street, Londonderry,  There is no mention of James in this home on Census day. 
Stewart would have joined the Belfast Banking Company around 1911 working in Head Office.




[Belfast Banking Company, Head Office, 2 Waring Street, Belfast - 1918]


The 1911 Irish Census records a Londonderry man, James Stewart (18) boarding in house 34, Eblana Street, Cromac, Belfast.  His occupation is recorded as Bank Clerk.

James enlisted into the Royal Irish Rifles with Service Number 40921.  His first theatre of war is recorded as France from December 1916.

He later transferred to the Royal Field Artillery.  The London Gazette of 11th February 1918 reports Stewart as being promoted from Officer Cadet to 2nd Lieutenant.  He was later promoted to Lieutenant.

As an officer, James had to apply for the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.  This he did on 22nd April 1923.






His Medal Index Card records his address as PO Box 2, Te Pulmy, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.

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.