Diamond War Memorial Project

Second Lieutenant Joseph Hamilton Miller Andrews

11th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles Regimental Number ----
Born: ---- Died: 1917-08-16 Aged: 21 Enlisted: ------

Buried in Ypres Reservoir Cemetery, Ieper, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. Name commemorated on the Diamond War Memorial.

Son of James and Martha (nee Hamilton) Andrews, 'Glenmont', Templemore Park, Londonderry. Brother of Maude Hamilton (born April 25, 1886); Mary Evelyn (born May 18, 1888, and married Major W. McC. Sharpe, D.S.O., I.C.S., Alipur Duar, Bengal, India, youngest son of the Reverend J. W. Sharpe, Moneymore, on February 21, 1920, at Carlisle Road Presbyterian Church); Annie/Nan Stewart (born January 29, 1892, and married John, only son of Mr and Mrs William Fleming, Renfrew, on April 15, 1919); Stewart Hadden (born November 12, 1893); and James Marshall (born March 4, 1902).

Joseph Hamilton Miller Andrews was a member of Carlisle Road Presbyterian Church, Londonderry.

He was previously twice wounded in July 1916, and was invalided home for several months. Sympathetic reference was made to his death at morning service in Carlisle Road Presbyterian Church, by the Reverend John Huey, M.A., B.D., on Sunday, September 23, 1917. At the time of his death, his brother, Stewart, was in France serving with the Canadian Field Artillery.

Second Lieutenant J. H. M. Andrews' father, James Andrews, was born at Crossroads in 1847, came to Londonderry at the age of seventeen, and started business with the firm of Robert Sinclair & Company. About the year 1880 he went to the firm of Welch Margetson & Company, and remained with them as manager of their shirt department until he became local representative of several Manchester houses. During all his life in Londonderry he was a devoted member of Carlisle Road Presbyterian Church, and for a greater portion of that period he was a ruling elder in the church. For many years, as long as he was physically able, he carried on a Bible Class for young men, and was superintendent of the Sabbath School for a considerable period. He was secretary of the Presbyterian City Mission for many years, and always took a deep interest in the moral and spiritual life of the city, being a generous helper of every good cause. A loyal member of his church, he was a liberal supporter of its activities, while in business he was always a man of uprightness and integrity, and his sterling character won for him the admiration of all with whom he came in contact. In 1884 he married Miss Martha Hamilton, daughter of Mr Joseph Hamilton, Three Trees, Quigley's Point. She died on November 20, 1950.

James Andrews died on Monday, March 14, 1927, and his funeral took place from his residence to Londonderry City Cemetery, on Wednesday, March 16, 1927. The cortege was large and included many businessmen as well as friends of the deceased. The chief mourners were ? Mr J.M. Andrews, son; Mr John Fleming and Mr W. McC. Sharpe, D.S.O., sons-in-law; Mr James Pollock, brother-in-law; and Mr E. Andrews, cousin. The session and committee of Carlisle Road Presbyterian Church walked behind the hearse, and four members of the committee carried the coffin from the hearse to the graveside.

The Reverend David Hay, M.A., conducted a short service in the house, as well as at the graveside. Four days later, on Sunday, March 20, 1927, the preacher paid tribute to Mr James Andrews at the close of his sermon in Carlisle Road Presbyterian Church. It could well be said of him, remarked the Reverend Hay, what Johnston said of Goldsmith, 'He touched nothing that he did not adorn.' He was ordained to the office of ruling elder in that church about fifty years before, and ever since he discharged the duties of the eldership with unflagging zeal and faithfulness. He was all that a ruling elder should be. He was an example and an inspiration to the church, and Sunday after Sunday found him in his usual place. Regularly and consistently he visited his portion of the congregation, and previous to the last Communion he endeavoured to visit all the families in his district and overtaxed his failing health to such an extent that he was unable, much to his regret, to attend on Communion Sabbath himself. He never neglected to pray for his minister. During one of those sacred heart-to-heart talks he had with him in his last illness, when he was waiting for his call, Mr Andrews said to him, 'Remember, I always prayed for you,' and then he added, 'I think the man who prays for his minister will have very little time for criticism.' Another of the great services he rendered to his church was in connection with the splendid Bible Class he conducted for young men. Many of his colleagues in the session at the time of his death were at one time members of that class, and they still in their lives bore testimony to the high standard of the teaching he imparted and to the personal influence he exerted over them. He followed with fraternal interest the subsequent career of his boys, and was always pleased to hear of their success or advancement. It was marvellous how he held his boys together, even when an old man, and he thought the secret of Mr Andrews' influence lay in the fact that he never grew old. His heart was always young, and he had the confidence of the young people to a remarkable extent. His activities were not confined to his own church or cribbed within sectarian barriers. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to any good cause. He took a deep interest in the Presbyterian City Mission, and for many years acted as its secretary, and some who were associated with him in the work had told him that in that direction Mr Andrews maintained the high standard which they had learned to associate with his other activities, and that his annual reports were models both from a literary and progressive standpoint?

In the business world, as one would expect, he bore an unsullied character. He was known for his uprightness and integrity. As I overheard one businessman say to another on the day of the funeral, 'He was the straightest man I knew.' It is men like Mr Andrews, who are quietly building up the Kingdom of God. He was a blessing to his home, to his church, and to his city. He breathed inspiration everywhere and imparted helpfulness to all with whom he came in contact?

Their sympathies went out to his widow and children, and to all who held him dear. It was their prayer that the bereaved might receive strength in their hour of need, and that this affliction might work out for them an eternal and everlasting weight of glory.

Martha, Nan D., May E., Maude H., James and J. H. Andrews, Templemore Park, signed the Ulster Solemn League and Covenant (September 1912) pledging resistance to Home Rule for Ireland.