Diamond War Memorial Project

Lance Corporal Francis Peter Daly

3rd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers Regimental Number 16388
Born: ---- Died: 1915-07-27 Aged: -- Enlisted: Belfast

Interred in Londonderry City Cemetery.

Husband of Margaret Daly.

At the Military Hospital, Ebrington Barracks, Londonderry, on Tuesday, July 27, 1915, Dr Michael O'Kane, J.P., city coroner, held an inquest touching the death of Lance Corporal Daly, a native of Belfast.

Private Fitzpatrick deposed that he had known deceased for about six weeks, and both were attached to the garrison police. Daly, who was about forty-four or forty-five years of age, always appeared to be in good health, and never complained. On Monday night, when he came in, deceased was sleeping, and in the morning witness asked him the time, and he told him it was six minutes to seven. At that time Daly appeared to be in the best of health. Witness went out and returned shortly afterwards, and found deceased with his hands closed and grinding his teeth. He called on Lance Corporal Leonard, who sent for Sergeant Bracken, and when the latter came Daly was dead.

Sergeant Bracken, in his evidence, stated he had known deceased for six weeks. He was a man of exemplary character and appeared in good health. He was a widower, and had a family.

Lieutenant J. C. Martin, R.A.M.C., said according to the records at the Barracks deceased was a patient in the military hospital in March, suffering from rheumatic fever. When he was called between seven and eight o'clock that morning to see deceased he was of opinion that death was due to heart failure, but to this he could not certify. Subsequently, from instructions received from the coroner, Dr Killen and he made a post-mortem examination. He found the man had a badly diseased heart, which weighed twenty-six ounces, the normal weight being nine ounces. This condition of the heart might have caused death at any time. From examination they found that death was due to hypertrophy of the heart.

Dr J. W. Killen, who assisted in the examination, concurred with Lieutenant Martin.

The jury found a verdict in accordance with the medical testimony.

The funeral of Corporal Peter Daly took place from Ebrington Barracks to Londonderry City Cemetery, and was attended by a firing party, under Lieutenant Dickson, and the pipe and brass bands of the 3rd Inniskillings, under Drum Major Leech. The coffin, covered with the Union Flag, was borne on a gun carriage. The Reverend D. Quigley, C.C., Waterside, officiated at the graveside.