Gavin Bamford has contacted me to tell me about a new local history site he has created – Northern Bank – War Memorials / Roll of Honour. This site is a great resource for anyone interested in the First and Second world War. Here Gavin explains some background to the site: There are many War […]
Gavin Bamford has contacted me to tell me about a new local history site he has created – Northern Bank – War Memorials / Roll of Honour. This site is a great resource for anyone interested in the First and Second world War. Here Gavin explains some background to the site:
There are many War Memorials and Rolls of Honour around the UK and elsewhere. Thankfully most are accessible to the public. However, for a variety of reasons a few are not readily accessible to the public. This may be due to them being in private buildings or in background areas of public buildings.
An example would be the War Memorials and Rolls of Honour for the Northern Banking Company and the Belfast Banking Company. Since post Great War, they have been accessible and visible in the various Head Offices of each bank i.e. Northern Bank, Victoria Street, Belfast and Belfast Bank, Waring Street, Belfast. Following the closure and sale of each of these buildings the memorials were eventually installed in the background rooms of the current Northern Bank Head Office, Donegall Square West, Belfast.
In line with other memorials, the soldiers are often detailed with their Surname and Initials. Over the past year, I have been researching the full names and biographies of each of the nearly 300 members of staff who volunteered, served, returned or ultimately made the supreme sacrifice during the Great War and World War II. The information, including photographs is now being published, for the first time, on the following website:
Northern Bank – War Memorials / Roll of Honour
The site is fully searchable using the search bar and also includes filters to ease accessibility.
I will upload new biographies and linked articles on a regular basis. As with any research of this sort, errors may creep in. Please feel free to comment on any article.
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I am pleased to report that many further updates have been made to the mini-biographies of the men on these War Memorials. Where possible, I have been able to access and attach newspaper cuttings from a Belfast News Letter daily Great War series called ‘Ulster at War’. Thank you for looking.