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Ministry of Aircraft Production, Aeronautical Inspection Department, Training School, 5th November 1943 - To Whom It May Concern - This is to certify that Mrs. C. E. Ryan Assistant Examiner (Woman), Reg'd No. 28643 is employed by the Ministry of Aircraft Production and is therefore a servant of the Crown. She is in possession of an Air Ministry Official Permit A.M. Form 1552 No. 28217 and Passport No. 76913, to prove her Identity. I. J. Foy, Inspector in Charge, A.I.D. Training School, Bristol

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2) Mr. W. A. Ryan, Assistant Commissioner Derry County (also says Cookstown on the back)
3) Agatha

                                  Belfast                            Glasgow


                                                                                                                                                                Mrs. Evelyn Skinner

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1) Birkenhead
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4) 12th July 1932
5) Mamie & I Dromin Junction 1924?

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1) By the old apple tree, Dromin 1924
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1 & 2) Killicomaine House, Portadown
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         Cornwall                                   Morab Gardens, Penzance                          Killowen, Co. Down

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2) 19th March 1942
3) Miss Felicity Sutton
4) to Chrissie from Roberta
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2) at Islington House, Belfast
3) Bertie

1) Dad and Mamie, Dromin Summer 1925

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1) Molten
2) 19th July 1956 Postmark Wiltan(?) to Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Ryan, Traffic Managers Office, G.N.R.B., Great Victoria Street Station, Belfast, N. Ireland - A merry Xmas and a happy new year, wishing you both, kindest regards ? and ?

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1) British Railways Scottish Region, 1965 - Commercial interests are making increasing use of the Short Sea Route. There is even space aboard "Caledonian Princess" for furniture vans such as this. (Hubbinet Furniture Ltd. - 847 WWC)
2) British Railways Scottish Region, 1965 - Taking beers to Ireland by "Caledonian Princess" An empty lorry driven off at Stranraer. (McEwan's Export Scottish & Newcastle - CSC 3978)

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1) British Railways Scottish Region, 1965 - Double decked caravan boarding "Caledonian Princess" shows the headroom on board. (088357(?)8(?))
2) British Railways Scottish Region, 1965 - New cars Boarding "Caledonian Princess" at Stranraer for distribution to dealers in Ireland. (Hillman(?) & Vauxhall)

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1) British Railways Scottish Region, 1965 - Senior Captain Leslie Unsworth leaps from fishing boat to "Caledonian Princess" to take charge as she lies hove-to in Loch Ryan during storm.
2) British Railways Scottish Region, 1965 - Aerial view of the 3630 ton "Caledonian Princess"

1) British Railways Scottish Region - Mr. W. G. Thorpe, Chairman and Managing Director, Caledonian Steam Packet Company (Irish Services) Ltd.

'Great Northern' The Ardee Express, 1924 Dromin                                                         W. Ryan                                    


Telegrams and cards

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1) 12.20 Belgravia XW 18 Greeting W. A. Ryan, Glenartney, Clanbrassil Road, Cultra P.O. - Warmest congratulations on well deserved honour. Edwina Mountbatten of Burma
2) Gtg. 11.36 Belfast T. 32  Greeting W. A. Ryan, Esq., Clanbrassil Road, Cultra, Holywood - We are delighted to hear of your well deserved honour and wish you to accept all our congratulations. O. N. Wheeler and Staff
3) Post Office Telegram. SRL G 8 4/20 PM Dublin T 16 William A. Ryan M.B.E. 23970 Belfast, 61 Great Victory Street - Heartiest Congratulations from your Southern Colleagues. St. John, Dublin
4) Post Office Telegram BE CTR 34 5.47 Belfast 12 2nd January 1958 Ryan Glenartney Cultra Holywood Down - Congratulations on MBE Thanks to Chrissie too, Mary
5) Stormont Castle, Belfast 31st December 1957 - Dear Mr. Ryan, I am delighted to learn that Her Majesty The Queen has been graciously pleased to award you the M.B.E., and that your name will appear in the New Year Honours List. Please accept my heartiest congratulations. Yours sincerely, Brookeborough. W. A. Ryan, Esq., Glenartney, Clanbrassil Road, Cultra, Co. Down
6) The Bishop of Connor, Bishop's House, Antrim Road, Belfast 2nd January 1957 (1958?) - Dear Mr. Ryan, I feel I must write a line to say how glad I am that you have been awarded the M.B.E. in the New Year Honours. We feel a kind of reflected glory in the Order of St. John, to which you have given much splendid service! With every good wish ?, and heartiest Congratulations. Yours Sincerely, Cyril Connor
7) Congratulations re M.B.E. Card
8) ditto
more Telegrams and cards

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Castlereagh Rural District Council, Minutes of Proceedings of the Finance and General Purposes Committee held on Thursday the 2nd January, 1958, at 2.30 p.m. Present: In the Chair - Councillor W. A. Ryan. Other Members: Councillors - Mrs. S. C. Cuthbertson; T. Gray; W. Mawhinney, J.P.; B. R. Mulligan; R. Taylor-Nobbs; G. R. F. Wilson. Officials: Dr. S. Hayes, (Medical Officer of Health); T. Burdus, (District Sanitary Officer); S. Hudson, (Engineer); W. H. Jones, (Clerk); A. D. Nicol, (Assistant Clerk) - An apology was received from Mr. W. E. C. O'Brien, Divisional Sanitary Officer.  Councillor R. Taylor-Nobbs on behalf of the Committee congratulated the Chairman on being awarded the M.B.E. in the New Year's Honours List.  Councillor Ryan suitably replied. 1958/1.001. Dr. S. Hayes, Medical Officer of Health, reported that the under mentioned cases of infectious diseases had been notified during the month of December, 1957. Infectious Hepatitis - 3 (missing)
2) 1958/1.002. (Continued) (7) Samples of the public water supply were collected for bacteriological examination and all were reported upon as satisfactory. (8) There had been a serious rat infestation in the Railway Bank opposite the Kinnegar Dump. During the pre Christmas week one and a half hundredweights of bait was consumed and many rats were killed. The poison campaign is still continuing but there is evidence that large quantities of waste food are being deposited daily with the household refuse and the Council might consider instituting a waste food collection service. (9) It would be helpful if a small storage cupboard could be provided in the Sanitary Officer's room in the Council Offices. The Committee recommend that: Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 be approved. No. 6 A notice be served on the owner of No. 7 Richdale Drive, Marino, requiring these premises to be connected to the Council's water main in Richdale Drive.  No. 8 The Council's officials be instructed to investigate the possibility of organising a waste food collection service and submit details of the estimated cost of such a scheme.  No. 9 The Clerk be authorised to make the necessary arrangements to enable the Sanitary Officer to store equipment in the Council Office.
3, 4 & 5) more as above

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1) United Arab Republic, Deputy Prime Minister's Cabinet for Communications and Transport to Mr. W. A. Ryan, M.B.E., Public Relations Officer, Ulster Transport Authority - Dear Mr. Ryan, On my return home, I would like to grasp this opportunity to send you and the staff of the UTA my best wishes and deep gratitude for all the help and kindness you have rendered to me during my stay in Northern Ireland. I sincerely hope to see you and all the staff of the UTA with us in Cairo where I hope to be able to repay a part of all what you have done to me in your beautiful Country. With all best regards, Eng. Mahmoud Mokhtar, Under Secretary of State for Communications & Transport
2) 3rd February Barons Court, Co. Tyrone, Ulster - Dear Mr. Ryan, I do want to thank you once again for your kindness in coming to present the prizes & certificates to our student nurses yest. in Omagh. So many of them to whom I talked to at tea, told me how much they enjoyed your address. I was particularly thankful to have you with us on a day of much tension, for ? that you not only appreciated the situation, but you were able to radiate calm, courage & fortitude to those around you. We have very ? political problems in our hospital group, as I know other have too, & it is certainly a very interesting & worthwhile challenge to restore community relations, however long it may take. I do hope your going home was not too ? ? ? & tiring, today would have been so much nicer! With again all my gratitude. Yours sincerely Kathleen Alerton(?)
3) 20th April Barons Court, Co. Tyrone, Ulster - Dear Mr. Ryan, We should be so pleased if you would care to lunch here on Wednesday 7th May, before the Hospital Librarians Party that afternoon, at 1.15 p.m. We are praying for a fine day, so that we can spill out into the garden, Yours sincerely Kathleen Abercorn(?)
4) The Office, Friday - Dear Mr. Ryan, Congratulations. You certainly are going places now. May you go from strength to strength. Needless to say I read and follow your activities with interest - no lack of publicity! It is holiday time again; I hope you are going somewhere interesting. Think of this old girl doomed to spend her holidays at home from now on. Give my kindest regards to Mrs. Ryan. I think of you both very often, Love D???s(?)
5) Down County Council Library Service, County Library, Church Street, Downpatrick, Northern Ireland - Dear Mr. Ryan, I put your letter before the County Library Executive Committee today and it was with very much regret that they accepted your resignation as Chairman of the County Library Committee, and membership of the Committee. The Committee Members asked me to express to you their thanks for all your help in the past, to congratulate you on your new appointment, and to extend to you their sincere good wishes for the future. I also would like to thank you very much for all your valuable assistance in the past and wish you every success in your new position. The County Library Headquarters opening is arranged for the 3rd November and I hope you will be able to be present on this memorable occasion in the library's history. Yours truly, A. D. Baillie, County Librarian
6) 22 Fieldvale Road, Sale, Cheshire  Monday June 14th - Dear Mr. Ryan, John and myself would like to express out appreciation of the smooth running of our holiday thanks to your excellent organizing. We enjoyed ourselves 99%, the other percentage being the weather! This was our first experience of party holidays but I am sure not our last. We had a very good journey to Sale, managed to catch the 2.25 p.m. at St. Pancras. We hope you also had a good journey. Best wishes to Mrs. Ryan and hope someday we may meet you once again. Thanking you once more, Yours sincerely, Bess & John Jackson
7) City Hall, Belfast, The Rt. Hon. the Lord Mayor (Alderman R. J. R. Harcourt, J.P.) requests the pleasure of the company of Mr. W. A. Ryan at luncheon in Belfast Castle on Saturday, 2nd July, at 12.45 for 1 p.m., following an inspection of the Transport Exhibition. R.S.V.P. to The Lord Mayor's Secretary, City Hall
8) City and County Borough of Belfast. To meet the Rt. Hon. the Countess Mountbatten of Burma, C.I., G.B.E., D.C., V.C. The Rt. Hon. the Lord Mayor, Aldermen and Councillors request the pleasure of the company of Mr. & Mrs. W. A. Ryan at an afternoon Reception to be held in the Banqueting Hall, City Hall, on Wednesday, 10th October, at 4.30 p.m. R.S.V.P., The Lord Mayor's Secretary, City Hall, Belfast. Dress Informal


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1) Tower Hill Hospital, Armagh  18th January 1941 - Dear Mr. Ryan, Just a short note to thank you for your kindness to me on Thursday night. I shall never forget those 15 minutes & only that I had to be back for duty I would certainly not have looked for any favours, to bring myself to ask for it was bad enough but to think of how the station master spoke to me makes me fill up yet. I hope he will never be in the same position & only for you I think I would have lost faith in my fellowman. I hope you got the money all right, I would have posted it but my friend said he would give it to you, again thanking you, I remain yours faithfully, M. Campbell (Nurse)  P.S. If by any chance I make a fortune I think I will spend part of it helping those who have lost their return tickets. M.C.
2) Belfast Civil Defence Authority, Air Raid Precautions, "G" District Office, R.U.C. Barracks, York Street, Belfast 15th September 1944 Mr. Ryan, Gt. Northern Railway, Gt. Victoria Street, Belfast - Dear Mr. Ryan, The District Officers and I wish to thank you for the whole0hearted assistance you gave us in connection with the "G" District Civil Defence Pageant. You had a most difficult job but carried it out in a most methodical manner, and without your help the amount of money realised would have been very much less. The returns are not completed but a substantial sum of money will be handed over to the British Red Cross & St. John War Organisation Prisoners of War Fund, and Airborne Forces Security Fund. It was a pleasure to meet you and get to know you. We in "G" District look upon you as a very good friend and look forward to seeing you more often in future. Please accept our very best thanks. Yours sincerely, Robert M. Lowry, Chief District Officer
3) Castlereagh Rural District Council, Council Office, Union Workhouse, Belfast.  21st May 1948 - Dear Sir, I am directed by the Chairman and Members of the Council to extend to you a cordial expression of congratulation on your being invested with the order of "Serving Brother" of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. Yours faithfully, W. H. Jones, Clerk. W. A. Ryan, Esq., Glenartney, Clanbrassil Road, Cultra, Co. Down


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1) Opening of Lord Roberts Workshop, Castlereagh Road, Belfast by Her Majesty the Queen on Monday, 17th July, 1950 at 11.30 a.m. Admit Mrs. W. A. Ryan
2) The Grand Priory in the British Realm of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, The Committee for Northern Ireland. 8th September 1950 - Dear Mrs. Ryan, In connection with the Northern Ireland premiere showing of the film "Odette G.C.", I have been asked by the Chairman of the Order Committee to invite you and your husband to come to dinner at the Grand Central Hotel, Belfast, at 8 p.m. for 8.30 p.m. on 22nd September, 1950, and meet Mr. Wilcox, the producer, and his wife, Anna Neagle who stars in the film, together with Sir Philip Warter, Chairman of the Associated British Cinemas Limited, and Lady Warter, who have generously come over to assist at this performance in aid of the Order of St. John. It is assumed that you will wish to attend the film performance and if so, I shall be glad if you will let me know your ticket requirements. Yours sincerely, ? Macgregor. Dress - Uniform, for your husband
3) Belfast County Borough Health Committee Civic Week Public Health Exhibition, Clarence Place Hall, Belfast - The Chairman and Members of the Health Committee have pleasure in inviting you to the Opening Ceremony of the Public Health Exhibition to be held in the Clarence Place Hall on Thursday 31st May 1951 at 3 p.m. The opening ceremony will be performed by Alderman A. Scott, J.P., Chairman of the Health Committee
4) To have the honour of meeting Their Majesties The King and Queen, The Government of Northern Ireland request the pleasure of the company of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Ryan at a Garden Party at Stormont on Friday, 1st June 1951
5) The Chairman and Members of the Castlereagh Rural District Council request the honour of the company of Mr. & Mrs. William A. Ryan at a United Church Service in connection with the Festival of Britain to be held in the Castlereagh Presbyterian Church, Church Road, Castlereagh, on Sunday, 17th June, 1951, at 11.30 a.m. (Dress Lounge Suit) R.S.V.P. The Clerk, Castlereagh Rural District Council, Council Office, 51 Lisburn Road, Belfast
6) The Grand Priory in the British Realm of the Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, Ambulance Department, The St. John Ambulance Brigade, Northern Ireland District. 24th September 1951 - Dear Mrs. Ryan, We, on behalf of the St. John Ambulance Brigade, shall be very pleased if you and your husband will come to a Cocktail Party to meet Lady Mountbatten, ay 6 p.m. on the 10th October 1951, at 26 Malone Park, Belfast. Yours sincerely, Kathleen Davidson
7) The Royal Sanitary Institute, Annual health Congress, April 22nd to 25th 1952 The Mayor and Mayoress of Margate request the pleasure of your company at a Reception, Dance and Cabaret at the Winter Gardens on Thursday, April 24th 1952 at 8.30 p.m.
8) Mr. W. A. Ryan, The Inauguration of the Commandery of Ards by H.R.H. The Duke of Gloucester, K.G., K.T., K.P., G.C.M.G., G.C.V.O., P.C. in The Sir William Whitla Hall, Queen's University, Belfast On Thursday, 22nd May, 1952, at 2.45 p.m. Seats to be occupied by 2.45 p.m. Order of St. John, 28 Bedford Street, Belfast
9) British Red Cross Society Co. Down Branch, The Form and Order of Service for the Dedication of Colours by The Lord Bishop of Down and Dromore. The Right Rev. William Shaw Kerr, D.D. in the presence of H.R.H. The Princess Royal Commandant-in-Chief, British Red Cross Society. After Her Royal Highness has carried out an Inspection of Officers, Members and Junior Members of the Co. Down Branch on The Square, Newtownards on Sunday, June 22nd 1952 at 3 p.m. request the pleasure of the company of W. A. Ryan, Esq. R.S.V.P. to the County Director, 9 Manselton Park, Bangor

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1) 20/8/52 Bunnyconnellan Hotel, Myrtleville, Crosshaven, Co. Cork. signatures
2) Mr. W. A. Ryan - Major W. E. W. Montgomery at home Wednesday 10th September 1952 at 32 St. Victoria Street, Belfast. Cocktails 6.30 - 8 p.m. R.S.V.P.
3) The Grand Priory in the British Realm of the Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, The Commandery of Ards. 20th January 1953 With my Congratulations, ? ? - Sir, I have the honour to inform you that the Council of the Grand Priory in the British Realm of the Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem has had your name and qualifications under consideration for submission to the Chapter-General of the said Venerable Order for Promotion in the Order. Before taking further action the Council desires to ascertain whether, in the event of the Chapter-General recommending and of Her Majesty the Queen, its Sovereign Head, being graciously pleased to sanction the granting unto you of the Dignity of Officer (Brother) etc. etc.
4) Stormont Castle, Belfast 26th January 1953 - Dear Mr. Ryan, During the next few months recruiting campaigns for the Reserve and Auxiliary Forces, the Home Guard and the Civil Defence Services will be carried out in various towns in Northern Ireland. With the object of securing public support for these campaigns I am inviting representatives of the Churches, Local Authorities, Territorial Associations and other bodies as well as a number of employers and trade union officials to a meeting on Tuesday, 3rd February, at 3 p.m. in the Banqueting Chamber of the City Hall, Belfast, which the Lord Mayor and Corporation of Belfast have kindly made available for the occasion. His Excellency the Governor will preside and I should be grateful if you could make it convenient to attend. I hope you will be able to do so and lend your valuable support to the efforts being made to build up our citizen defence services. Yours sincerely, Brookeborough
5) Ulster Tourist Development Association Ltd., 6 Royal Avenue, Belfast, Secretary, L. M. Williams  3rd February 1954 - Dear Mr. Ryan, My Finance & Executive Committee were delighted to hear that in your new position of Publicity Officer of the Gt. Northern Railway Board you will be representing your Association on the Council of Management. I have been asked to extend an invitation to you to serve on the Finance & Executive Committee and would be glad to hear from you whether your new duties will permit you to accept this invitation. Yours sincerely, Mayhew McClelland, I. M. Williams, Secretary
6) Mr. W. A. Ryan. The Lady Wakehurst at home Friday, 5th March 1954 4.15 p.m. Tea 4.30 p.m. An answer is requested to The Private Secretary, Government House, Hillsborough
7) From the Minister of Food, Dean Bradley House, Horseferry Road, London, S.W.1. 6th May 1954 - Dear Mr. Ryan, When food rationing is finally abolished on 3rd July the work of Food Control Committees will come to an end. The Food Control Committees (Constitution) Order will therefore be revoked. For more than fourteen years these Committees have given invaluable assistance to successive Ministers of Food. They have been a vital link between the Ministry, local government, the food trades and the public we serve. I believe that the success of food control throughout the difficult war and post-war years could not have been achieved without the advice, based on detailed knowledge of local conditions and experience of local problems which these Committees so readily gave. I am glad to have this opportunity of expressing the warm appreciation of both myself and my predecessors for the work which you and your Committees have performed, and I should be glad if you would convey my thanks to your colleagues. Yours sincerely, ? ? Mr. W. A. Ryan, Chairman of the Belfast and Castlereagh Food Control Committee.
8) Forces Help Society and Lord Roberts Workshops, Belfast Appeals Committee, R. M. Lowry, Esq., M.B.E., A. Caughey, Esq., 28 Bedford Street, Belfast Wm. A. Ryan, Esq., Glenartney, Clanbrassil Road, Marino, Co. Down. 10th June 1954 - Dear Mr. Ryan, On behalf of the Forces Help Society I wish to thank you for once again coming to our assistance on Saturday last and can assure you we did appreciate your co-operation very much indeed. This is not the first time you have helped us and we know that at any time we require your advice and guidance we have only to ask for it and it will be forthcoming. It gave me particular pleasure to work with you once again and brought back memories of many successful events in which we participated. Please accept our sincere thanks, Yours sincerely, Robert M. Lowry, Chairman
9) Ulster Motor Cycle Club Twenty-Sixth Classic International Ulster Grand Prix over the Dundrod Circuit. The Chairman and Council of the Ulster Motor Cycle Club Limited request the pleasure of the company of Mr. & Mrs. W. A. Ryan at the Grand Stand on Thursday, 24th and Saturday, 26th June 1954. R.S.V.P. on or before the 12th June, 1954, to: The Hon. Secretary, Ulster Motor Cycle Club Ltd., 83 High Street, Belfast
10) From: W. E. W. Montgomery, Headquarters, Northern Ireland District, Lisburn, Co. Antrim 16th November 1954 J. H. H. Pollock, Esq., C.M.G., O.B.E., Chairman, Commandery Council Order of St. John, 28 Bedford Street, Belfast - Dear Mr. Pollock, When I first took on the task of Public Relations Officer for the Order in Northern Ireland, Mr. W. A. Ryan very kindly undertook to help me with the work. In recent weeks the publicity he has been obtaining for the Order has been beyond price. It now seems to me very unjust that while he is doing such an outstanding job for us, the honour and position on the Commandery Council should fall to me. It would be only fair that Ryan's work should be rewarded by giving him the position of Public Relations Officer. To make that offer possible I, therefore, write now to say I will gladly stand down if he can be persuaded to accept the position. I say "gladly" only in the sense that we ought all to place the Order first and ourselves second, and there is no doubt that this change would be for the good of the Order. In fact, I take this step with great reluctance, having greatly enjoyed the association with all of you and greatly appreciated the honour you conferred on me by making me your Public Relations Officer. If you will agree to this step, as I sincerely hope you will, I shall join you in endeavouring to persuade Ryan to acquiesce. He and I are, incidentally, friends of long standing. If there is any other way in which in the future I can assist the Order I shall be delighted to do so. My association with its dates from the time when, some years ago, I planned the joint Auxiliary Services recruiting campaign which was stages throughout Ulster. It has been a very happy one throughout, so that at all times I am ready to lend a hand if called on. Yours sincerely, W. ? Montgomery

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1) City Hall, Belfast, Lord Mayor's Installation Luncheon, The Lord Mayor Elect (Alderman R. J. R. Harcourt, J.P., M.P.) requests the pleasure of the company of Mr. Ryan at luncheon in the Banqueting Hall, City Hall, on Tuesday, 31st May, 1955, at 12.45 for 1 p.m., following his installation as Lord Mayor. R.S.V.P. before 30th May to the Lord Mayor's Secy., City Hall, Belfast
2) Stormont, Belfast, 8th February 1956. Northern Ireland Road Traffic Advisory Council. Sir, I am directed by the Minister of Home Affairs to state that the Minister has decided, following on the passing of the Road Traffic Act, Northern Ireland, 1955, to set up a Council to be known as the Northern Ireland Road Traffic Advisory Council. The function of the Council will be to advise the Minister of Home Affairs on matters relating to the promotion of the safe and efficient movement of traffic in Northern Ireland. The Council will not be a statutory body but will have the task of advising the Ministry on general questions of principle which the Council considers to be important or which are referred to it by the Ministry. R.M. Sayers, Esqr., C.B.E., and R. H. Clay, Esqr., C.B.E. have consented to act as Chairman and Vice-Chairman, respectively, of the Council. I have been directed by the Minister to ask if your Association would be so good as to nominate one member to act on the Council. The Minister trusts that you will not be inconvenienced in the matter of time but would like to receive your nomination within one month. I am, Sir, Your obedient Servant, J. M. Parkes, Secretary to the Council. The Hon. Secretary, Ulster Association of County Councils, County Courthouse, Belfast.
3) Ulster Association of County Councils, Antrim County Council, County Courthouse, Crumlin Road, Belfast 11th February 1956 - Dear Mr. Ryan, I enclose herewith, for your information, copy of letter dated 8th February from the Secretary of the Northern Ireland Road Traffic Advisory Council which is to be set up by the Ministry of Home Affairs. I confirm that the Association at its meeting on 10th instant, nominated you as its representative on this Council. The Secretary to the Council has been advised accordingly, and it is presumed that you will be hearing from him in due course. Yours sincerely W. S. Henderson, Hon. Secretary. W. A. Ryan, Esqr., "Glenartney, Clanbrassil Road, Cultra
4) Home Office Civil Defence School, Eastwood Park, Falfield, Gloucestershire. Course No. F/202 Ambulance and Casualty Collecting Instructors. "Full" Certificate. I certify that Mr. W. A. Ryan attended a course at this school from 13th February to 25th February 1956, and is qualified to instruct in all subjects included in the syllabus dated June 1955, for training members of the Ambulance and Casualty Collecting Section of the Civil Defence Corps, except first aid, elementary rescue and (unless specially selected by a controlling authority) biological warfare. D. ? Mackenzie, Commandant 25th February 1956 This is a temporary document and will be replaced by an official certificate at a later date.
5) Ministry of Home Affairs, Northern Ireland, Stormont, Belfast 29th March 1956 - Dear Mr. Ryan, I was very pleased to hear from the Association of County Councils that you had been nominated to serve on the Road Traffic Advisory Council. I now have pleasure in inviting you to attend a luncheon at Stormont on Tuesday, 10th April, at 12.30 p.m. for 1 p.m., after which the inaugural meeting of the Council will take place. Yours Sincerely ? W. A. Ryan, Esq., "Glenartney", Clasbrassil (Clanbrassil) Road, Cultra, Co. Down

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28th November 1957 Postmark London, S.W.1 to W. A. Ryan, Esq., Glenartney, Clanbrassil Road, Cultra, Co. Down, Northern Ireland *First Lord of the Treasury, Personal and Confidential, 10 Downing Street, Whitehall - Sir, I am asked by the Prime Minister to inform you that he has it in mind, on the occasion of the forthcoming list of New Year Honours, to submit your name to The Queen with a recommendation that Her Majesty may be graciously pleased to approve that you be appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (M.B.E.). Before doing so, the Prime Minister would be glad to be assured that this mark of Her Majesty's favour would be agreeable to you. I should be obliged if you would let me know at your earliest convenience. I am, Sir, Your obedient Servant, ? ? Bishop, W. A. Ryan, Esq.
2) 20th February 1958 Postmark London S.W.1. to W. A. Ryan, Esq., M.B.E., Glenartney, Cultra, Co. Down, N. Ireland. Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood, 8 Buckingham Gate, London, S.W.1. - 19th February 1958 - Sir, I have the honour to inform you that The Queen will hold an Investiture at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, 11th March, 1958, at which your attendance is requested. I am desired to say that you should arrive at the Palace between the hours of 10 o'clock and 10.30 o'clock a.m., and this letter should be shown on entering as no other card of admission is issued. Two guests may accompany you to watch the Ceremony, and tickets for them may be obtained by making application on the form enclosed herewith which should be returned to me as soon as possible. Dress: (a) Serving Officers and other ranks of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force should wear the dress laid down in the regulations of their respective Service. Order, Decorations and Medals should not be worm; nor should swords be worn.  (b) Retired Officers who are not in possession of the dress described in (a) should wear Morning Dress or Dark Lounge Suit. Orders, Decorations and Medals should not be worm. (c) Civilians may, if they so desire, wear the uniform of the Civil Organization or Service to which they belong; otherwise they should wear Morning Dress or Dark Lounge Suits. Orders, Decorations and Medals should not be worn. I am, Sir, Your obedient servant, ? ? Bere, Brigadier, Secretary William A. Ryan, Esq., M.B.E.
3) Ministry of Labour & National Insurance, Stormont, Belfast 27th August 1958 - G.N.R. - Compensation Appeals. Dear Mr. Ryan, Further to my letter of 25th August, I presume that you will let me have copies of the usual form CE 17 in respect of McIlfatrick in due course. I regret that it has not been possible to arrange an early sitting of the Tribunal and indeed it looks at the moment as if the earliest date on which a sitting can be arranged is the 17th October. I intend to write to Cox to explain the delay in hearing his appeal. I do not know what the position on your side will be by the 17th October, but I think that this is an appropriate moment for me to express my thanks to you personally for your splendid co-operation in this work. My requests for information for the Tribunal from time to time, invariably at short notice, have, I know, given you a great amount of additional work and trouble and your readiness to assist me both in this respect and in the arrangements for all the hearings has been very much appreciated by me personally as well as by the members of the Tribunal. Yours sincerely, ? W. A. Ryan, Esq., M.B.E., Great Northern Railway Board, P.O. Box 237. General Manager's Office, (Compensation Section), Great Victoria Street Station, Belfast
The Grand Priory in the British Realm of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, Chancery of the Order, St. John's gate, Clerkenwell, London, E.C. 1.  11th August 1959 - Sir, I have the honour to inform you that the Council of the Grand Priory in the British Realm of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem has had your name and qualifications under consideration for submission to the Chapter-General of the said Most Venerable Order for Promotion in the Order. Before taking further action the Council desires to ascertain whether, in the event of the Chapter-General recommending and of Her Majesty the Queen, its Sovereign Head, being graciously pleased to sanction the granting unto you of the Dignity of Commander (Brother) in the aforesaid Most Venerable Order, you would be prepared to accept the obligations prescribed under Statute 38 (see Appendix 1) and to bear the cost of the Insignia as prescribed in Appendix III. A copy of the Statutes is enclosed. If you are prepared to accept these obligations, will you be so good as to return to me, duly completed, the form herewith enclosed. I have to honour to be, Sir, Your obedient Servant, ? ? for Secretary-General. William Albert Ryan, Esq.
5) The Grand Priory in the British Realm of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, Chancery of the Order, St. John's gate, Clerkenwell, London, E.C. 1. 9th December 1959 - Sir, I have the honour to inform you that Her Majesty the Queen, the Sovereign Head of the Grand Priory in the British Realm of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, has been graciously pleased to sanction your promotion to Commander (Brother) of the Order of St. John as from 18th November 1959 the date of Her Majesty's Sign Manual. An announcement of this honour will in due course appear in the London Gazette. I am directed to invite your attention to the enclosed Memo5randum of Instructions. I have the honour to be, Sir, Your obedient servant, C. ? Evans(?) Secretary-General, William Albert Ryan, Esq., M.B.E.
6) Ulster Transport Authority. 18th December 1959 - Dear Mr. Ryan, I was very pleased to see the signal honour that Her Majesty has conferred upon you in the Order of the Hospital of St. John, and I do indeed send you my congratulations and good wishes. Yours sincerely, James Clarke, W. A. Ryan, Esq., M.B.E., Public Relations Office
7) Ulster Transport Authority. 30th December 1959 - Dear Mr. Ryan, The matter of your promotion in the Order of St. John of Jerusalem was reported to the Chief Officers' Committee on Tuesday, the 22nd December, and I have been asked by the Officers to convey to you their congratulations on this well merited honour. The Chief Officers' Minute reads as follows:- "A letter of congratulation to be sent to Mr. Ryan on his promotion in the Order as from the Chief Officers by the Secretary."  May I take the opportunity of wishing you a Happy and Prosperous New Year. Yours sincerely, J. G. T. Anderson. W. A. Ryan, Esq., Asst. Public Relations Officer, 21 Linen Hall Street
8) Ulster Transport Authority. 22nd December 1959 - Dear Mr. Ryan, My warmest congratulations on the official announcement of your promotion to Commander (Brother) of the Order of St. John by Her Majesty The Queen. May you have long life and good health to enjoy this honour. Yours sincerely, James Courtney, Chief Engineer. Wm. A. Ryan, Esq., M.B.E., Ulster Transport Authority, Linenhall Street

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