Diamond War Memorial Project

Surgeon William Frederick, M.B. Algeo

Ships Surgeon on the S.S. 'California' (Glasgow) Regimental Number ----
Born: 1884-06-29 Died: 1917-02-07 Aged: 32 Enlisted: ------

Name listed on Christ Church (Church of Ireland), Londonderry, World War 1 Memorial, and St Augustine's Church (Church of Ireland), Londonderry, First World War Memorial. Name also recorded on the Tower Hill Memorial, London, and on the Diamond War Memorial.

Son of Elizabeth Frances (nee Reynolds, born County Londonderry, 1850/51) Algeo, 8, Clarence Avenue, Londonderry, and Robert Henry Algeo (born County Leitrim, 1848/49). Brother of Robert Charles (born September 26, 1878); Mary Caroline (born October 16, 1879); William Henry (born September 7, 1881); Herbert (born September 19, 1882); Lewis Ernest (born October 20, 1886); Albert Alexander (born March 14, 1889); and Evelyn May (October 18, 1890).

Dr Algeo was appointed to his position on the ill-fated liner only about two months before his death, and was for some time on the staff of Messrs. Prior & Co., Ferryquay Street, Londonderry. One of his brothers served at the Front.

The name of William Frederick Algeo was read out during a Protestant inter-denominational memorial service held, on Sunday, July 1, 1917, in St Columb's (Church of Ireland) Cathedral, Londonderry, to commemorate those Derry men who had made the supreme sacrifice during the previous year.

William Frederick Algeo's father, Robert Henry Algeo, came from Manorhamilton, and for some years had charge of the books of Messrs. R. & A. McVicker. His ability as an accountant marked him out for service under the Londonderry Corporation, and in due time he was offered the position of city accountant. A member of Christ Church congregation, Robert Henry Algeo performed useful work on the select vestry. He also served as churchwarden. He represented the church on the Synod of the United Diocese, and was a hard working member of the Y.M.C.A. Committee. He also belonged to the Masonic Order, and died, at his residence, on May 8, 1915.

The Reverend Canon McQuaide, preaching in Christ Church on the evening of Sunday, May 9, 1915, made appropriate reference to the death of Mr Robert Henry Algeo. He said ? My friends, as a dark background to all our words and worship tonight, there has been the memory of him whose mortal remains lie shrouded close by. On our congregation, on our Church, on our city, and on the hearts of many far and wide a shadow will rest when they learn of the sudden death of Robert Algeo. His death is a public calamity, a public bereavement. It has come almost like a bolt from the blue. We are stunned by its suddenness. We can scarce credit our ears when we hear that he who we saw so lately walking our streets, working in his office, worshipping in our church, taking a keen interest in all the affairs of life, and especially in all that pertains to the moral and spiritual welfare of the community, is dead ? lies sleeping the sleep of death tonight. I can scarcely realise we shall never again behold him worshipping in this church he loved so well and laboured so long and faithfully for. He was so trusted, so highly esteemed by our congregation, that we appointed him year after year to the most responsible offices in our church. He was one of our parochial nominators, one of our churchwardens, one of our synodsmen, always on the select vestry, and always chosen to be our treasurer. He was truly one of our pillars, and his character, too, was pillarlike ? straight and strong and uplifting. One of the pillars in the Temple of the Lord, the great aim of his life was the upholding of that temple and the glory of God. He now has passed to his rest after a life that knew no rest. He now has passed to his reward after a life that looked for no reward. He now has passed from a life where he ever strove to uplift his fellows and uphold the name of his God, to a life where he will no more go out, but abide a pillar in the Temple of the Lord forever.

William Frederick and Charles R. Algeo, 8, Clarence Avenue, signed the Ulster Solemn League and Covenant (September 1912) pledging resistance to Home Rule for Ireland.