Diamond War Memorial Project

Private William James Bond

9th/10th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers Regimental Number 15327
Born: ---- Died: 1918-09-30 Aged: -- Enlisted: Finner Camp, County Donegal

Name listed on All Saints' Church (Church of Ireland), Clooney Parish 1914-18 Roll of Honour, and on Glendermott Parish Church World War 1 Memorial. Name also recorded on Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West Vlaanderen, Belgium, and on the City of Londonderry War Memorial.

Husband of Katherine/Kathleen Bond, 39, Benvarden Avenue, Waterside, Londonderry

Before enlisting, William James Bond was in the employment of the Midland Railway Company. He was a member of Loyal Orange Lodge, 1688, Glendermott, and the U.V.F. Lieutenant Colonel Knox, writing to Private Bond's wife, regarding the death of her husband, said ? 'If any man ever died the death of a hero he did. One of his company during an enemy attack had been wounded. One in front, a stretcher bearer, had been wounded in trying to bring him in, and, in spite of this and under the heaviest machine gun fire, your husband volunteered to go out, and unfortunately was killed by a bullet. He has been buried with the fullest honours we could give him. As he belonged to the 10th I had special interest in him.' The Reverend W.G. Murphy, Army Chaplain, who conducted the burial service said ? 'No man could have given his life in a finer act, and now most surely he has gone to a finer life beyond.'

William James and Katherine Bond, 39, Benvarden Avenue, signed the Ulster Solemn League and Covenant (September 1912) pledging resistance to Home Rule for Ireland.