Diamond War Memorial Project

Private Robert Carey

1st Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers Regimental Number 4130
Born: ---- Died: 1917-04-14 Aged: 23 Enlisted: Londonderry

Interred in Feuchy Chapel British Cemetery, Wancourt, Pas de Calais, France. Name recorded on Christ Church (Church of Ireland), Londonderry, World War 1 Memorial. Name also commemorated on the Diamond War Memorial.

Son of Mary Jane Carey, Summerhill, Shantallow, Londonderry, and Robert Carey. Possibly brother of Martha, who married John, younger son of William Jamieson, Glendermott, Londonderry, on September 21, 1920, at Christ Church, Londonderry. Possibly brother of Louisa, who married Joseph, youngest son of Hamilton McBride, Nassau Street, Londonderry, on August 9, 1927, at Christ Church, Londonderry. Possibly brother of Emma, who married David, youngest son of Samuel Kilgore, 18, Mary Street, Londonderry, on April 29, 1930, at Christ Church, Londonderry.

Robert Carey was employed at Londonderry and Lough Swilly Railway.

Shortly after he fell in battle, his mother, brother, and sisters had the following lines inserted in a Londonderry newspaper:

'The cruel foe has laid him low,

In manhood's early pride;

Upon the battlefield of France

A hero true he died.'

The name of Robert Carey was read out during a memorial service held, on Sunday, November 4, 1917, for the members of the congregation of Christ Church (Church of Ireland), Londonderry, who had given their lives in battle the previous year. On the first anniversary of his death, his mother and sisters had the following tribute to his memory placed in a Londonderry newspaper:

'Farewell, dear son, farewell!

In hope and faith and prayer,

Till He Whose home is ours above

Unite us there.'

Martha, Frank, and Mrs Mary Jane Carey, Shantallow, signed the Ulster Solemn League and Covenant (September 1912) pledging resistance to Home Rule for Ireland.