Diamond War Memorial Project

Lance Corporal William Anderson

10th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Derry Volunteers) Regimental Number 15284
Born: ---- Died: 1916-07-18 Aged: 37 Enlisted: Londonderry

Buried in Monreagh Presbyterian Churchyard, County Donegal, on Thursday, July 20, 1916. Name commemorated on the Diamond War Memorial.

Third son of Joseph and Jane Anderson, 12, Barrack Street, Londonderry.

William Anderson was a member of First Derry Presbyterian Church, and died at Springburn Hospital, Glasgow,from wounds received July 1, 1916.

Around July 1916, Mr Joseph Anderson, Barrack Street, received a message to the effect that his son, Lance Corporal William Anderson, Derry Volunteers, was in hospital in France suffering from bullet wounds to the chest. Mr Joseph Anderson had at that time three other sons serving, as well as fourteen nephews. Before volunteering Lance Corporal William Anderson was in the employment of the Great Northern Railway, and was a member of the 'No Surrender' Band. He also belonged to Harmony Loyal Orange Lodge 858.

The name of William Anderson 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. His name was again read aloud during a special memorial service held in First Derry Presbyterian Church, on Friday, August 4, 1916, to pay tribute to the Presbyterian soldiers of the city of Londonderry, who had died during the first two years of the Great War. William Anderson's name was yet again read out during a memorial service in First Derry Presbyterian Church held, on Sunday, July 1, 1917, to commemorate the members of that congregation who, up to that time, had made the supreme sacrifice in the First World War.

On the first anniversary of Lance Corporal Anderson's death, his family placed the following lines in a Londonderry newspaper:-

'Oft we think of you, dear Willie,

When our hearts are fraught with pain;

All this world would be an Eden

Could we but hear your voice again.'

Joseph, Jane, Samuel and W. Anderson, 12, Barrack Street, all signed the Ulster Solemn League and Covenant (September 1912) pledging opposition to Home Rule for Ireland. Joseph Anderson, same address, worked as a Labourer for the Londonderry Corporation in the early 1920s, and was a member of the Derry branch of the Ulster Unionist Labour Association in the same period.