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Mr Caldwell and Mr Hobson - Northern Ireland bank employees at war

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posted on 2024-06-05, 17:38 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

My father served in France in 1939 - 40 with the 8th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment. He was also an Ulster Bank employee.

He served in Le Havre and after he returned to England he caught TB.

Ken Hobson was an employee of the Ulster Bank in Belfast who joined a local anti-aircraft regiment and later ended up in the Army and fighting in Burma.

He sent a letter to the bank (discussing his account), describing his experiences in Burma and various bank employees in service. It also comments on local conditions (and perhaps reflects attitudes of the time).

History

Item list and details

1. Letter from Ken Hobson to Directors of Ulster Bank, with transcription. 2. Collection of Letters ref Mr Caldwell and banked in 8th HAA Artillery. 3. Photo of bankers' dinner. Le Havre AA Battery 1940. 4. "The Twelve Mile Snipers Club" - Northern Ireland War Memorial Publication.

Person the story/items relate to

CH (Harry) Caldwell and RK Hobson

Person who shared the story/items

William Foster Caldwell

Relationship between the subject of the story and its contributor

CH Caldwell was may father. No connection to RK Hobson.

Type of submission

Shared at Ulster Reform Club, Belfast on 7 October 2023.

Record ID

114023 | URC002