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Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Grant, James Herbert

2nd Lieutenant James Herbert Grant MM

was born on 18th April 1888 at 3 Downshire Park or Place, Belfast to James Grant, Clerk and Mary Grant nee Walsh.

In 1901 James was living in house 96, Donegall Pass, Windsor Ward, Belfast with his parents and 7 siblings, Amelia Florence, Mary Rosena, Eliza Eleanor, Frederick William, Arthur Hill, Robert John and Andrew Walter.  An uncle, Robert Grant was also in the house.

James would have joined the Belfast Banking Company around 1906 serving in Drogheda and Lurgan.  His father, James signed the Bankers Indemnity and following his death, Andrew Walter (brother) signed as well.

BBCo Bankers Indemnity Ledger - J H Grant

BBCo, Drogheda branch

BBCo, Lurgan branch

James had a brother, Andrew Walter Grant of Northern Bank, Willowfield, Belfast (also O’Connell Street, Dublin – Manager).  He also features in this publication.

In 1911, James is boarding with the McWatters family in house 2 Drumarg or Downs, Armagh Rural, Co. Armagh.  He is described as a Bank Official.  A possible colleague, Frederick Charles Robinson (Bank Official) is also boarding in this house.

In 1911 the family are still in Donegall Pass.  The parents, 3 daughters, the uncle and 1 servant are present.

On Ulster Day, 28th September 1912, James signed the Ulster Covenant at Armagh giving his address as Malart Villa, Armagh.

James volunteered and enlisted into the 18th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers with Service Number PS/6051.  Promotion via Sergeant lead to him transferring as a 2nd Lieutenant to the 3rd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

Medal Index Card - J H Grant

James' Medal Index Card records his first theatre of war as France and Flanders from 14th November 1915. 

The London Gazette dated 16th November 917 recorded 6051, Cpl J H Grant, Royal Fusiliers (Hillsborough) as being awarded the Military Medal.

On 25th April 1917 James was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant.

1915 Star - Roll - Pte J H Grant

Victory Medal and the British War Medal Roll - Sgt J H Grant

In addition to the Military Medal, James was awarded and applied on 25th November 1922 for the 1915 Star, the Victory Medal and the British War Medal.

Following his demobilisation after the Great War, Grant returned to work.

Retirement came in 1951.  He died on 19th January 1956.

Hamilton, Charles Daniel

Trooper Charles Daniel Hamilton
was born on 27th November 1881 at Church Street, Dromore, Co. Down to John Hamilton, Linen Manufacturers Clerk and Emily Hamilton nee Daniel of Dromore Co. Down. 

Charles would have joined the Belfast Banking Company around 1900 and worked in Derry.

BBCo, Londonderry branch

His father, John signed the Bankers Indemnity giving his address as Dromore.  Later, Donald Bruce Hamilton and Francis Roycroft Hamilton would join in the indemnity.

BBCo Bankers Indemnity ledger - C D Hamilton

In 1901 Charles was boarding with the Black family in house 45, Bridge Street, Ballymena, Co. Antrim.  He is described as a Bankers Clerk. 

In 1901 the family were living in house 43, Princes street, Dromore, Co. Down.  Parents John and Emily, siblings Francis, Alice, Walter and Bruce, boarders William Larmour and Alfred Davison. 

By 1911 Charles had moved to Strabane and was boarding with the Thompson family in house 1, Main Street, Strabane West, Co. Tyrone.  He is described as a Bank Clerk.  The home contained the father, 3 daughters, 3 boarders and 3 servants.

Belfast Banking Company, Strabane

John (father) died aged 63 on 13th September 1911 at Glencoe House, Dromore.  He had been predeceased by his wife Emily who died aged 62 on 16th March 1909 at Glencoe House, Dromore. 

Charles volunteered and enlisted on 10th December 1915.  The Attestation Form signed by Charles (copy below) lists various army regiments i.e.:  Royal Irish Rifles, Tank Corps, Dorset Regiment and Inns of Court OTC (last one stroked out).  The declaration was made in Lincoln, England.  Two Service Numbers are also present i.e. 8288?, 2117 and 317859.

The BBCo records Charles as serving with the Dorset Yeomanry as a Trooper.

Attestation Form dated 10th December 1915 

Charles' brother Bruce served in 'C' Company, 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles, Service Number 16568.  He was a Sergeant and was killed in action at France and Flanders on 16th August 1917.  He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot memorial.