Diamond War Memorial Project

Corporal John Ferry

Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery. Regimental Number 39038
Born: ---- Died: 1917-08-17 Aged: -- Enlisted: Enlisted Glasgow.

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Sixth son of James and Rose (possibly died on October 26, 1922, and buried in Derry City Cemetery) Ferry, 52, Lower Nassau Street, Derry, formerly of Lisfannon, Burt. Nephew of Denis Coyle, 32, Nassau Street, Derry.

Corporal Ferry, whose wife resided in Glasgow, joined the colours at the outbreak of the Great War. He was held in high esteem by the commander and officers of the battery to which he was attached. One officer wrote that his 'services were inestimable,' and the commander of the battery, who wrongly referred to Corporal Ferry as 'a fellow Scotsman,' said, 'I was proud of the example of pluck and grit he set to the other men in the battery. A catchword when anything went wrong was: ?Send for Corporal Ferry!? If ever a man did his duty it was your husband.' 'Further,' wrote the commander to Corporal Ferry's wife, 'he practically saved the life of the previous battery commander.'