Diamond War Memorial Project

Lance Corporal William Thornton

10th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Derry Volunteers). Regimental Number 16058
Born: ---- Died: 1916-07-10 Aged: 31 Enlisted: Londonderry.

Interred in Etretat Churchyard, Seine-Maritime, France. Name recorded on Christ Church (Church of Ireland), Londonderry, World War 1 Memorial. Name also commemorated on the Diamond War Memorial.

Husband of Ellen Thornton, 20, Mountjoy Street, Londonderry.

Prior to joining the City of Derry Regiment of the Ulster Division, Dublin born Lance Corporal William Thornton was employed in the Derry terminus of the Great Northern Railway.
His name was read out at a memorial service held, in St Columb’s (Church of Ireland) Cathedral, Londonderry, on Sunday, July 30, 1916, to pay homage to the memory of the men of the city of Derry, who died during the second year of the Great War. On the second anniversary of his death, his wife and children placed the following in memoriam lines in a Derry newspaper:-

‘We mourn our loss, but think with pride
For freedom’s right our hero died.’

On the third anniversary of the death of Lance Corporal Thornton, his wife and family had the following in memoriam lines inserted in a Londonderry newspaper:-

‘This day brings back to memory
A dear one gone to rest;
Those who think of him to-day
Are those who loved him best.’