Diamond War Memorial Project

Private William Arthur (Willie) Lappin

6th/10th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Regimental Number 23813
Born: ---- Died: 1918-03-29 Aged: 24 Enlisted: Londonderry.

Name recorded on Pozieres Memorial. Name also commemorated on the Diamond War Memorial.

Second son of Private J. Lappin and Mrs Julia (born Armagh 1870/71) Lappin, Clarence Place / 19, Alfred Street, Waterside, Londonderry. Brother of John Charles (born 1897/98); and Jeannie (born 1899/1900).

Before enlisting, Private Lappin - who was possibly a member of Clooney Hall Methodist Church and the Salvation Army - was in the employment of the Bridge Commissioners. At the time of his death his father and brother were serving with the colours.

Almost a year after the death of Private Lappin, members of his family placed the following tribute to his memory in a Londonderry newspaper:

'Victorious his fall, for he rose as he fell,

With Jesus his Saviour in glory to dwell;

He has crossed o'er the sea and has reached the bright coast,

For he fell like a soldier, he died at his post.'

Julia, John and William Lappin, 22, Alfred Street, signed the 1912 Ulster Covenant pledging resistance to Home Rule for Ireland.