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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