Diamond War Memorial Project

Sergeant David Thomas Black

'A' Company, 10th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Derry Volunteers) Regimental Number 15318
Born: ---- Died: 1916-04-03 Aged: -- Enlisted: Londonderry

Buried in Authuile Military Cemetery, Somme, France. Name commemorated on the Diamond War Memorial.

Husband of Susan Matilda Black, 2, Mountain View, Waterside, Londonderry. Son of William and Margaret Black, 27, Strabane Old Road, Londonderry.

David Thomas Black was Acting Company Sergeant Major at the time of his death, and was possibly a member of Clooney Hall Methodist Church.

Before enlisting he was a member of the Derry U.V.F., and employed in Welch Margetson's Factory. He left a wife and three children. A brother, Sergeant R. J. Black, 20th Battalion North West Canadians, was wounded circa December 1915, and was received into the Queen's Canadian Military Hospital, Shorncliffe. Two nephews also served with the forces at the Front, one in the Army Service Corps and the other in the Inniskilling Fusiliers.

The name of David Black was read out at a memorial service held, in St Columb's (Church of Ireland) Cathedral, Londonderry, on Sunday, July 30, 1916, to pay homage to the memory of the men of the city of Derry, who died during the second year of the Great War.

On the first anniversary of Sergeant Black's death, his wife and three children had the following lines inserted in a Londonderry newspaper:

'Not now, but in the coming years,

It may be in the Better Land,

We'll read the meaning of our tears,

And there some time we'll understand.

Why, what we long for most of all,

Eludes so oft our eager hand;

Why hopes are crushed and castles fall,

Up there some time we'll understand.'

On the second anniversary of the death of Sergeant Black, his father, mother, brothers and sister placed the following lines in a Derry newspaper:

'Days of sadness still come over us,

Tears in silence often flow;

For memory keeps you ever near us,

Though you died two years ago.'

Lizzie, Margaret, William, John, Nellie, and possibly Edward Black, 27, Strabane Old Road, signed the Ulster Solemn League and Covenant, in September 1912, pledging resistance to Home Rule for Ireland.