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Sunday, 10 February 2019

Holmes, Charles

Lieutenant Charles Holmes MC and Bar

was born at Ballybogan on 28th October 1894 to William Holmes (Farmer) and Mary Anne Holmes nee Brooks.

In 1901 Charles was living in house 1, Ballybogan, Clonleigh South, Co. Donegal with his parents and 2 siblings, Robert Brooks and William.  A servant, Patrick Cullen was also living in the property.

By 1911 the property is described as house 4, Ballybogan, Clonleigh South, Co. Donegal.  2 daughters had been born since 1901, Annie Margaret and Rebecca Mary.

Holmes would have joined the Belfast Banking Company around 1912 working in Lurgan and Central branches.

[Belfast Banking Company, Lurgan branch]

[Belfast Banking Company, Belfast Central branch]

Holmes served with the 13th Royal Irish Rifles and attained the rank of Lieutenant.  His first theatre of war is recorded as France from 22nd June 1918.

He later transferred to the Royal Army Pay Corps where he continued his service as a Lieutenant.

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

As an officer he would have had to apply for his service medals, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

He was also awarded the Military Cross twice (MC and Bar).

His first citation was published in the London Gazette on 16th September 1918 reads

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.  One night this officer, with 12 men and a party of infantry, captured two machine guns, holding at bay a large body of the enemy who nearly cut them off, and successfully extricating the whole of his men with but few casualties.” 

The second citation was published by the London Gazette on 1st February 1919.  It reads:

“For conspicuous gallantry and able leadership south-east of Dadizeele in September, 1918.  He led a platoon against a wood strongly held by machine guns and about 100 men, clearing it at the point of the bayonet and accounting for at least fifty men and three machine guns.  Although wounded himself, he continued encouraging his men against heavy odds.”  

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]

McMahon, Patrick

2nd Lieutenant Patrick McMahon
was born on 8th November 1886 in Irish Street, Armagh City, Co. Armagh, the son of Patrick McMahon (Flax Merchant) and Annie McMahon nee Quinn.

In 1901, Patrick resided in house 3, Edward Street, Armagh with his parents, 6 siblings (Charles, Josephine, Francis, Mary, Harry and Joseph) and a servant, Susan Dolleghan.

Around 1904-1906 McMahon (18/20) Patrick joined the Belfast Banking Company and served in Newry and Buncrana branches.

[Belfast Banking Company, Newry branch - 1918]

[Belfast Banking Company, Buncrana branch - 1918]

In 1911, McMahon is recorded as boarding in house 102, Main Street, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.  He is described as a Bank Clerk.  There are 2 other Bank Clerks also boarding in this house; Norman A Anderson (17) and James Wright (27). 
McMahon volunteered and enlisted into the Royal Highlanders with Service Number 2171.  

Following his training, he sailed for France on 19th November 1915.
He was serving with 4th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles as a 2nd Lieutenant when he was killed in action on 11th June 1917 aged 29. 

The De Ruvigny Roll of Honour (see picture below) records:

".... was wounded in the Somme battle ...... was wounded at Messines receiving gunshots in the left side and arm ...... died the same day in the grounds of the casualty clearing station ......"

[De Ruvigny Roll of Honour - McMahon Excerpt]

McMahon is buried in the Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France.

Patrick was awarded the 1914-1915 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.  As he was an officer, a relative applied for these on 23rd March 1923.

The full page of the De Ruvigny Roll of Honour:

[De Ruvigny Roll of Honour - Full Page]