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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

World War 2 Veterans Wanted for VE Day 70th Anniversary

World War 2 Veterans Wanted for Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) 70th Anniversary

The Royal British Legion have announced a scheme by which WW2 veterans can apply for funding to attend a commemoration event in London over the weekend of 8th to 10th May 2015.

http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/about-us/news/remembrance/ww2-veterans-invited-to-join-ve-day-70-commemorations

".... The Royal British Legion will join the nation in marking the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day over the weekend of 8-10 May.  A series of national commemorative events will take place in London, and community events and celebrations are being organised across the country.

The Second World War generation will be at the heart of all activity and, as part of this, the Legion is now making a call out to veterans of VE Day, who would like to take part in the national commemorations in London.

To ensure representation across all those who played an active role during the Second World War, the invitation is for those who served in the military, the Home Guard or in any one of the reserved occupations, including medics, police and the 'Bevan Boys'.

To be eligible, veterans must be 85 years and over (by 8 May 2015). All veterans can bring one nominated carer with them. ...."

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Northern Banking Company Limited - European War - 1914

Northern Banking Company Limited - European War - 1914

At some stage, Northern Bank published a list of all the men who were serving (or had been killed),

It is reproduced below with kind permission of Charlie Alexander (descendant of Lt George Alexander).



Thursday, 1 January 2015

Roll of Honour - January

Roll of Honour - January


January is the only month that there were no casualties amongst the bank officials during either the Great War, World War II or the Northern Ireland Conflict.




Monday, 1 December 2014

Roll of Honour - December

Roll of Honour - December


It is with much sadness that the following bank officials died or were reported missing during either the Great War, World War II or the Northern Ireland Conflict.


20/12/1973 - Fenton, Rodney

Unknown - Patterson, William - during the Great War





Saturday, 1 November 2014

Roll of Honour - November

Roll of Honour - November


It is with much sadness that the following bank officials died or were reported missing during either the Great War, World War II or the Northern Ireland Conflict.


Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Roll of Honour - October

Roll of Honour - October


It is with much sadness that the following bank officials died or were reported missing during either the Great War, World War II or the Northern Ireland Conflict.


07/10/1916 - Clarke, John Carton
11/10/1945 - Hunter, William Herbert
31/10/1914 - Pattenden, William





Sunday, 31 August 2014

Roll of Honour - September

Roll of Honour - September


It is with much sadness that the following bank officials died or were reported missing during either the Great War, World War II or the Northern Ireland Conflict.


Monday, 4 August 2014

Great War Centenary - 4th August 1914 to 4th August 2014

Great War Centenary - 4th August 1914 to 4th August 2014


At 11 o'clock in the evening of 4th August 1914, Great Britain declared war on Germany.

For individuals and employers, no one was sure of what was coming.

Within the Northern Banking Company, one of its officials, William Pattenden (a caretaker) would be called up immediately as he was already a reservist.

Over the course of the war, nearly 200 officials from both the Belfast Banking Company and its rival bank, the Northern Banking Company would volunteer for service.  Some would be rejected for military service due to medical reasons.

On 15th December 1944 the Belfast News Letter reported:



(Courtesy of Nigel Henderson)


Of those nearly 200 men, 33 were to be die on active service or be reported missing.

If we bring ourselves forward 100 years and think of our current workplaces, be it a branch, a Head Office department, a back office, a call centre or a service centre, there would be perhaps 1 or 2 thinking of volunteering for service.  One friend will maybe persuade another to join up.  An office junior may be impressed by an older colleague and join up.  Either way, young men are about to tell their manager or department head that they are going off to war.




Whatever way you choose to remember the centenary of the Great War starting, just take a moment to think about the bank officials that served and remember those that didn't return.

We will remember them.


Friday, 1 August 2014

Roll of Honour - August

Roll of Honour - August


It is with much sadness that the following bank officials died or were reported missing during either the Great War, World War II or the Northern Ireland Conflict.


Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Affiliation with History Hub Ulster

Affiliation with History Hub Ulster

Northern Bank War Memorials is pleased to announce its affiliation with History Hub Ulster.