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Saturday, 23 April 2016

Nelson, Gerald Eric Pat Hartfell

Ordinary Seaman Gerald Eric Pat Hartfell Nelson
was born on 24th February 1919 of Carrowreagh, Dundonald.

His father was Eric Hartfell Nelson (15 - 1901 Irish Census living in house 10 Marlboro Park, Belfast).  His mother ws Mary Frances (Florence) Nelson (nee Watson).

The family were of Church of Ireland faith.

Eric Nelson (father) appears to be mentioned in the Belfast Gazette of 30th September 1927 in an item regarding the "Estate of William Herbert Nelson and Eric Hartfell Nelson, Trustees of the Will of Horatio Nelson Dceased."

On 1st April 1937 Nelson joined Northern Bank at Head Office.  Transfers follow to Newtownstewart, Head Office, Coleraine and Head Office.

On 6th March 1941, Nelson was ‘Called up on Active Service’ on 16th February 1943 into the Royal Navy as a Rating.   However, on 21st June 1943 he was discharged from the Royal Navy owing to ill-health.

On 11th September 1944 he resumed duty with the Northern Bank at Head Office.  Transfers followed to Connswater (1944), Windsor (1946), Head Office (1951), Banbridge (1952), Claudy (1953), Head Office (1956), Portaferry (1956), Willowfield (1959), Crumlin Road (1963) and Windsor (1967).

[Northern Banking Company, Banbridge branch - 1906 by William Ferguson]

The Campbell College Register of Lennon Wylie records Nelson, Gerald Eric Pat (D), b. 24th February, 1919, son of E. H. Nelson, Old Comber Road, Dundonald, Belfast. V, July, 1936. Northern Bank Official. 1939-45 War: R.N. Address: Ardmore, Saintfield Road, Belfast. (M.)

Acknowledgements to lennonwylie.

'The Campbell College War Record 1939 - 1945' records Nelson as serving in the Royal Navy as an Ordinary Seaman.

Nelson retired on 31st March 1982 from Windsor branch.

The Staff Magazine ‘The Link (Summer 1982)’ contains an article and photograph of Nelson.

First published on 12th November 2012.

Friday, 15 April 2016

Neill, Sidney Kirk

Lt Col Sidney Kirk Neill O.B.E.
was probably born around 1920.

He was the son of Francis Seymour Neill and Matilda Millar Neill of house 3, Chester Avenue, Templecorran, Whitehead (Tea buyer).  The house was known as 'Chesterfield'.  The 1911 Irish Census also records two brothers: Francis Robert (born circa 1903) and Joseph McFerran Neill (born circa 1906). 

Sidney probably joined the Belfast Banking Company around 1938 / 1939.  He served in Head Office, 2 Waring Street, Belfast.

Following the outbreak of war, Sidney Neill joined the Royal Army Ordnance Corps (RAOC).
The London Gazette (1941) records a Captain (temporary Major) S K Neill with Service Number 107098.

The London Gazette (18th February 1943) records Major (Temp Lt Col) S K Neill as being appointed to be Additional Officer of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE).

Francis Robert Neill is recorded by Belfast City Council as being buried in Roselawn Cemetery.  He was aged 67 when he died on 18th December 1969 and pre-deceased his wife, Evelyn Constance Kathleen Neill who died on 21st September 1991.  Francis' address was Flat C, 33 Windsor Park, Belfast.

Update 14th April 2016

Can anyone help with this query received today.  Email me at
Good afternoon,
I recently came across your website and found an entry for Lt Col S K Neill. ........  My father served under Col Neill in the Western Desert and at Tobruk.  Dad was an Ammunition Examiner and obviously impressed Col Neill who mentioned him several times in the War Diaries for Tobruk and wrote a very complimentary Testimonial for him after he was invalided out of the Army.  As I am now attempting to write an account of Dad’s military career, I am endeavouring to find sources of information and would like to find out if Col Neill kept a private Diary.
First published on 12th November 2012.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Anderson, Paris Newton

Lieutenant Paris Newton Anderson
was born on 13th January 1920.

He was the son of A Newton Anderson of ‘Gezina’, 35 Downshire Road, Cregagh, Belfast.

The family were of Church of Ireland faith. 

Education was at Campbell College.  The LennonWylie website reports:

2585. *Anderson, Paris Newton (D), b. 13th January, 1920, son of A. Newton Anderson (239), Gezina, Downshire Road, Cregagh, Belfast.  L.VI, July, 1937.   Shaftesbury House Tutorial College, 1937-38; Q.U.B.: 1947-54. 1940-47: Lieut. (S), R.N.V.R.   Assistant Secretary to the Queen's University of Belfast. Address: 42 Bristow Park, Upper Malone, Belfast. (M.q.)

Anderson joined Northern Bank on 1st May 1939 at Head Office.  
Anderson later joined the Royal Navy Executing Branch and was called up on 26th August 1940 attaining the ranks of Temporary Pay Sub Lieutenant (RNVR) and then a Paymaster Lieutenant (RNVR). 
On 28th April 1947, he resumed duty from Active Service in Head Office.  A transfer to Donegall Square on Relief duty followed. 

Northern Banking Company, Donegall Square

Anderson resigned in 1947 to become the Assistant Secretary, Queen’s University, Belfast.

An election website records the following family members:

Commander Albert Wesley Anderson, son of Robert Newton Anderson (see below).  Born in Londonderry, 23rd July 1907.  Educated at Foyle College, Rydal School, and Nottingham University. Company Director. Commander in the Royal Navy during the Second World War.  Member of Londonderry City Council until 1969.  Lord Mayor of Londonderry (and ex officio Member of the Senate) from 1963 to 1968.  An Ulster Unionist member.  Member for City of Londonderry from the byelection of 16th May 1968 until the prorogation of the Parliament in 1972.  Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs from 26th October 1971 until 1972.  Died 1981.

Rt. Hon. Sir Robert Newton Anderson, director of a hosiery manufacturer.  Born 8th December 1871. Educated privately, and at Foyle College.  Member of Londonderry City Council.  Lord Mayor of Londonderry from 1915 to 1919.  Deputy Lieutenant for County Londonderry.  Member of the Irish Convention from 1917 to 1918. KBE 1918.  Member of Derry Bridge Commissioners.  An Ulster Unionist member.  Sat for Londonderry from the 1921 general election until the 1929 general
election, when he retired. PC (NI) 1927. Died 1937.

First published on 12th November 2012.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Blair, Thomas James

Flight Sergeant Thomas James Blair
was born in Coleraine on 17th November 1886.  He was the son of John and Martha Blair.  In 1901 the family were living in house 7, Ballintagh, Drumcroon.  He was of Church of Ireland faith.
He joined Northern Bank on 15th January 1903 at Head Office.   Transfers followed with Bray (1903), Londonderry (1906), Head Office (1909), Ballymena (1910), Dungloe (1912) and Head Office (1912).  

Northern Banking Company Limited, Londonderry

Northern Banking Company, Ballymena

By 1911, Blair is boarding in house 9, Clonavon Terrace, Ballymena, Co. Antrim.  He is described as an Accountant, Northern Bank. 
Blair was based in Head office when he enlisted on 11th September 1915 as a Private into the Royal Air Force or Royal Naval Air Service aged 28.

He served with Coastal Defence; Defence of London; British Expeditionary Force and was later promoted to Flight Sergeant.  Blair saw action at Messines 1917 and Ypres 1917.  He was demobilised in January 1919 and was awarded the British Victory Medal and the British War Medal. 
Following demobilisation, Blair rejoined the Northern Bank on 10th February 1919 when he was transferred to Shaftesbury Square.  In 1921 he was transferred to Strokestown and served there during the period of the Irish War of Independence and the Irish Civil War. 
More transfers followed with Portadown (1928), Newry (1937) and Londonderry (1941).  He is recorded as applying for Dromore branch in 1923.  

He retired on 6th November 1946 and died on 25th June 1951 aged 64.

First published on 8th November 2012.

Friday, 1 April 2016

Roll of Honour - April

Roll of Honour - April

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.

21/04/1918 - McCunn, Thomas

23/04/1944 - Neely, Noel Montgomery

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Blythe, Herbert John

Lieutenant Herbert John Blythe
was born in Downpatrick on 17th September 1887. 
He joined Northern Bank on 24th May 1904 at Head Office.   At that time his address was Northern Bank, Banbridge.  This may indicate his father was employed in Banbridge as manager.  The family were of Church of Ireland faith.  

Transfers followed with Newry (1904), Ballymena (1907), Grafton Street (1908), Head Office (1910) and Carrickfergus (1912).  

Northern Banking Company, Ballymena

In 1911, Blythe is living in house 54 Botanic Avenue, Cromac, Belfast with his mother, Elise Corinne Taylor and other children with surname of Taylor.  These are possibly step-brothers and sisters.  He is described as a Bank Official. 

On 30th November 1915, Blythe enlisted as a Trooper into the North Irish Horse aged 28.   He transferred into the Royal Irish Rifles, served with the British Expeditionary Force and was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant with the R I R.   Blythe served with the Egyptian Expeditionary Force and was seconded into the Camel Corps.   He was promoted to Lieutenant.

Blythe saw action at Gaza; Heriera and Beersheba and Jericho (Jordan Valley).  

He was demobilised in July 1919 and was awarded the British Victory Medal and the British War Medal. 

Following demobilisation, Blythe rejoined the Northern Bank in Head Office on 1st August 1919. Transfers followed to Lurgan (1919), Grafton Street (1922) and Head Office (1930).   Whilst in Head Office he was promoted to Manager, Foreign Department (1930), Assistant Chief Cashier (1940) and Chief Cashier (1941). 

The Staff Magazine ‘The Link (August 1981)’ contains a photograph of Blythe in a 1913 Northern Bank Staff Golf outing.

First published on 8th November 2012.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Malseed, Robert (Bobby) Campbell

Robert (Bobby) Campbell Malseed
was born in 1922.  

Bobby was the son of Henry Malseed, of the Belfast Bank, Belfast. 
He joined the Belfast Banking Company in May 1940 and started in Larne branch.

In 1941 Malseed volunteered and enlisted into the Army. 
Following demobilsation in 1946, he returned to work in Markets branch.  

Malseed was a member of the Belfast Banking Company Sports Club in March 1947 paying 5 shillings subscription.  

He also served in Magherafelt (1947), Ballymoney, Coleraine, Londonderry and Lurgan branches. 
A profile and picture was published in the staff magazine ‘The Link’ (Summer 1979). 
A rugby picture of Malseed was published in the staff magazine ‘The Link’ (Summer 1982). 
Malseed retired on 30th April 1985 with an article and picture being published in the staff magazine ‘The Link’ (Summer 1985). 
Mrs L V Malseed, the widow of R C Malseed attended the 2000 re-dedication ceremony of the Rolls of Honour.

First published 7th November 2012

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Dolan, Francis William Temple

2nd Lieutenant Francis William Temple Dolan

was born on 23rd October 1911.

He was the son of Joseph Dolan and Blanche Temple Dolan.  The family were of Roman Catholic faith.

The head of the house is a Francis Dolan (49) and is wife is a (28).  Her mother, Emma Virginia Temple also lives in the house.  In 1911 the family were living in house 100, Ballygrot, Bangor.

On 1st February 1933 Dolan joined Northern Bank at Head Office.  Transfers followed to Shankill Road (1933), Falls Road (1935) and Ballynafeigh (1939).

Dolan was granted permission by the Bank to join the 3rd Anti-Aircraft Brigade, Royal Artillery and finished Bank work on the evening of 14th October 1939.  His starting rank was Gunner with promotions to Lance Bombardier, Bombardier, Officer Cadet and 2nd Lieutenant.  His address is recorded as 43 Adelaide Park, Belfast in the Nominal Rolls of the 23rd Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery, Royal Artillery.

I W Bratty served in the same battery.

On 21st November 1945 he resumed duty with Northern Bank at Head Office. Transfers followed to Royal Avenue (1955), Head Office (1957), Royal Avenue (1960) and Dundonald (1971).

Dolan retired from Dundonald on 23rd October 1976.

Articles and photographs of Dolan are in the staff magazine ‘The Link’ of Winter 1976 and Spring 1977.

He died on 19th January 1977.

First published 23rd October 2012

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Roll of Honour - March

Roll of Honour - March

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.

05/03/1945 - Kerr, Holman Gordon Stanley

21/03/1918 - O’Kane, Paul

Friday, 5 February 2016

Roll of Honour - February

Roll of Honour - February

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.

08/02/1944 - Anderson, Norman Alexander

12/02/1918 - Collier, Reginald John C