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genid

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McCallum Hall Belfast
« on: February 07, 2019, 11:54:48 AM »
Does anybody know who the McCallum Hall was named after ?
Is there a plaque on the building with this information ?
I can find absolutely nothing on the internet, just it was used for Badminton.
Many thanks

river rats

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Re: McCallum Hall Belfast
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2019, 06:15:01 PM »
Hi there. I cannot help you with your question, but it did bring back some happy memories for me.
I was a inmate of Ballygomartian Boys Secondary School other wise known as Stalag Luft .
I was a member of the escape committee that went to McCallum Hall on a Friday afternoon and it was bliss. however the SS Guards soon had us rounded up and returned for more torture to gestapo HQ  on Monday morning again.
So who ever McCallum was God bless them.
We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars

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Re: McCallum Hall Belfast
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2019, 06:42:57 AM »
Opened in 1925 and associated with Queen's University and probably named in honour of badminton player Major J.D.M McCallum who had also been the adjutant of the University officer cadet corps.

https://tinyurl.com/y2t47b2a

John "Johnnie" D.M.  McCallum , DSO , CBE , RM

Born 2nd September 1883 - died 14th January 1967
Represented Ireland on 8 occasions 1913 - 1926

Administration: 52 years Secretary Ulster Branch of the Badminton Union of Ireland and early 1930's pro-active in negotiations to establish the International Badminton Federation
1934 Attended the first meeting of the IBF as a delegate for Ireland
1936 Elected to the IBF Executive (Council)
1950 Elected IBF Vice-President
1961-2 Chairman of IBF Council
1961-1963 President of the IBF
1963 Elected Hon. Life Vice-President of the IBF

Playing: 1909 formed "The Strollers" playing in villages around Ireland and regularly touring England to promote Badminton
1926 from that date visted Europe with "The Strollers" with players such as Betty Uber, Laurentia Radeglia, Ralph Nichols and R. M. White being recognized as a key figure in establishing the game in Denmark and for the re-establishment of the game in France between the two World Wars.
1928 Winner Welsh Open: MD
1929 Winner Irish Open: MD 

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Re: McCallum Hall Belfast
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2019, 08:32:25 AM »
I imagine that the folk at the following website should know (contact details are provided), my guess is that it might be Major J.D.M. ("Johnnie") McCallum:

http://www.badmintonmuseumireland.ie/121101_home_page.html

Major McCallum was a well known figure in NI and beyond for several reasons: his war service, his legal career (he was an RM in Belfast) and his prominence in local sport generally, including / especially Irish badminton, in which he served over 50 years as Secretary (inc. Hon) of the Northern Branch of the Badminton Union of Ireland, right up to the opening of the McCallum Hall in 1963 (he died 4 years later aged 83).  As I said, just a guess, if the folk at the above website can't help, try the likes of:

https://ulsterbadminton.com/ (scroll down to bottom of webpage for contact details)


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Re: McCallum Hall Belfast
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2019, 10:40:33 AM »

I remember from my days in 1970's  Forthriver Primary School, some of the boys used to take a short cut home. We'd go in behind the doctor's surgery on the Ballygomartin Rd. Then go along a rough path beside the McCallum Hall. After that, we'd crawl under a locked gate to get onto the Woodvale Road. Man, we really lived dangerously in those days.

A few years later and during my term of imprisonment at the Boys' Model. One of the science teachers - Wesley Beggs, took some of us for badminton in the hall. I found that a bit odd since the Gallagher Building had opened in the school and had badminton courts within it. But from what I remember, the McCallum Hall was a grubby, run-down place.
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Re: McCallum Hall Belfast
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2019, 06:37:30 PM »
Played badminton and squash in McCallum Hall (some very naughty boys used to phone in bomb scares to Ballygomartin School from the phone box outside, tee hee), Cricket in Woodvale Cricket club, Tennis in Forth River Tennis and Bowling Club, Football in Woodvale Park and Snooker in Ballygomartin/Westway Snooker club and done my "rural studies" degree (on the beak) up "the glen" , a sporting life indeed,Happy days :D

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Re: McCallum Hall Belfast
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2019, 12:16:41 PM »
Very many thanks to all who replied to my question - especially James James who gave all the information I required.
I'm glad I was able to stir some memories.

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Re: McCallum Hall Belfast
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2019, 08:57:58 PM »


https://tinyurl.com/y3xg23sd

McCallum, John Dunwoodie Martin

He was awarded a DSO at the battle of the Somme (1916) and the Croix de Guerre (1918), and appointed a CBE in 1921.

He was President of the Queens University Belfast Services Club from 1927 to 1928.
https://remembranceniorg.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/remembrance-ni-qubsc-1.pdf

"He died 14 January 1967 in Belfast at the age of 83, survived by his wife (m. 1915), Eveleen Lindsay (née Lloyd) of Belfast. They had no children."

http://oxfordindex.oup.com/view/10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U49999

8th (Service) Battalion (East Belfast), Royal Irish Rifles
https://wartimememoriesproject.com/greatwar/allied/battalion.php?pid=6357

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C7354023

"29.08.1917 Amalgamated with the 9th Battalion forming the 8/9th Battalion.
07.02.1918 Disbanded in France."

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C7354025

https://wartimememoriesproject.com/greatwar/allied/battalion.php?pid=6361
12th (Service) Battalion (Central Antrim), Royal Irish Rifles

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C1067840?descriptiontype=Full&ref=WO+339/13911
Major John Dunwoodie Martin McCALLUM. The Royal Irish Rifles

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/WWI-Verners-Pattern-MKVIII-compass-marked-Major-McCallum-DSO-Royal-Irish-Rifles/264155328095?hash=item3d80e26e5f:g:QMQAAOSw4b1cRa~C

"WWI Verner's Pattern MKVIII compass marked Major McCallum DSO Royal Irish Rifles"
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