Ulster heritage. My grandfather left there as a small orphan boy during the First World War. Most of his early years were spent in Devon, where three of his much older brothers were based with the Royal Navy.
My knowledge of my grandfather's family is still sketchy. The family migration route in the late 1800s and early 1900s went from Belfast in County Antrim to Bessbrook in County Armagh and back to Belfast. It then went from Belfast to Devon, before and during the First World War.
In 1901, the family briefly lived in Bessbrook in County Armagh, not far from Newry. The children were mainly born in Antrim, most likely in Belfast itself.
My grandfather, George, was born in Belfast in 1909. His father worked as a yarn dresser in the linen industry.
In 1911, according to census records, the family lived in West Belfast, just off the Shankill Road. They were Methodists.
Many historical records of relevance to my Ulster family history were destroyed by a fire in Dublin in June 1922.