Diamond War Memorial Project

Lance Corporal James Joseph (Jim) Doherty

'B' Company, 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Rifles. Regimental Number 8975
Born: ---- Died: 1915-08-04 Aged: 17 Enlisted: Derry

Interred in New Irish Farm Cemetery, Ieper, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. Name commemorated on the Diamond War Memorial.

Only son of Charles and Ellen/Nellie Doherty, 214, Lecky Road, Derry.

Lance Corporal Doherty, before enlisting, was apprentice to the shoemaking with Mr James Hampsey, Waterside, Derry. A sad coincidence was the fact that his uncle, Stoker William Doherty, was killed the previous month in the Dardanelles. At time of Lance Corporal Doherty's death his father was serving with the colours, and was attached to the 16th Division (Irish Brigade) at Fermoy.

About one month prior to his death, Lance Corporal Doherty, writing to relatives in Derry, enclosed a specimen of his poetry made in the trenches 'somewhere in France.' The hot attack on Hill 60, in which the Royal Irish Rifles took a conspicuous part, was the theme of his poetical efforts. The accurate fire of the Rifles played havoc with a large number of the enemy. Lance Corporal Doherty, depicting the scene immediately after this sanguinary combat, recalled a stanza in the 'Burial of Sir John Moore,' a popular poem by Charles Wolfe, and said of the stricken enemy:

'No useless coffins enclosed their breast,

Nor in sheet nor in shroud we wound them;

They lay like Germans taking their rest,

With the R.I.R.'s around them.'

On the first anniversary of the death of Lance Corporal Jim Doherty, his parents had the following lines placed in a Derry newspaper:

'One long, sad, dreary year has passed

Since this great sorrow fell;

The shock that we received that day

We still remember well.

Altho' we're in a far off land,

And your grave we cannot see,

As long as life and memory lasts

We shall remember thee.'