Diamond War Memorial Project

Private Hamilton Deans

10th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers Regimental Number 15454
Born: ---- Died: 1916-04-12 Aged: 19 Enlisted: Londonderry

Name commemorated on the Diamond War Memorial.

Son of Robert (possibly died January 29, 1925, and buried in the City Cemetery) and Grace Deans, 3, Cuthbert Street, Waterside, Londonderry. Donald Deans (possibly a brother) worked as a Labourer in the early 1920s, and during the same period belonged to the Derry branch of the Ulster Unionist Labour Association.

Hamilton Deans, a member of Waterside Presbyterian Church, Londonderry, died of meningitis at Netley Hospital.

He was interred in Londonderry City Cemetery on Monday, April 17, 1916. The funeral took place from his parents' residence. A short service was conducted by the Reverend Dr Stuart, pastor Waterside Presbyterian Church, who paid a tribute to the deceased soldier, who, he said, when the call of King and country came was, notwithstanding the fact that he was only seventeen years of age, amongst the first to answer. In the trenches doing his duty he contracted the illness from which he died in Netley Hospital. Prior to the war deceased had always been a regular attender at the Bible class, and was a boy of high principle and sterling character. They deplored his loss, but knew that he had made the great sacrifice in a righteous cause. The funeral was attended by the brass band and pipes of the 3rd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, under Drum-Major Leech, and a firing party of the battalion, under Sergeant R. Doherty, while behind the gun-carriage bearing the coffin, enveloped in the Union Flag, marched the members of the different battalions of the City of Derry Regiment of the U.V.F. A large number of the general public also attended. The pipes played 'The Flowers of the Forest,' and approaching the cemetery gates the band played the Dead March in Saul. Reverend Dr Stuart and the Reverend W.P. Hall, B.A., T.C.D., pastor Gortnessy Presbyterian Church, officiated at the graveside. The firing party afterwards discharged volleys and the trumpeters sounded 'The Last Post.'

The name of Hamilton Deans was 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.

Robert Deans, 3, Cuthbert Street, signed the 1912 Ulster Covenant pledging resistance to Home Rule for Ireland.