Diamond War Memorial Project

Private William Deery

'A' Company, 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Regimental Number 7044
Born: ---- Died: 1914-09-01 Aged: 33 Enlisted: Derry

Interred in Verberie Communal Cemetery, Oise, France. Name commemorated on the Diamond War Memorial.

Son of Michael and Bridget Deery. Brother of Private Owen Deery, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, and Michael Deery, 30, Fahan Street, Derry.

Private William Deery was one of five brothers who served with the colours in the Great War. One of the brothers, Private John Deery, Highland Light Infantry, fought in the battle of Festubert on May 16, 1915, when he was shot through the knee. After recovery, he was again with his regiment in the firing line at the battle of Loos, on September 25, 1915, when he received two bullets in the thigh. He remarked at the time that an Aberdeen priest gave him a pair of rosary beads, which he much prized, as he had them with him on both charges, and in one of the battles they diverted a bullet which otherwise might have had a fatal effect.