Diamond War Memorial Project

Guardsman James Graham Neely

1st Battalion Irish Guards. Regimental Number 8785
Born: ---- Died: ---- Aged: 24 Enlisted: ------

Name inscribed on St Columb’s Cathedral (Church of Ireland) Memorial to the men connected with that cathedral who died during the 1914-18 War. Name also recorded on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France, and commemorated on the Diamond War Memorial.

Son of Robert and Elizabeth Neely, Castruse, Bogay, Londonderry. Brother of Ruby Neely, Magazine Street, Londonderry, and, Sergeant Samuel Neely, Canadian Transport, who also served at the Front, and who married Elsie, elder daughter of John and Mary Gwynn Forrester, Strand, Londonderry, and Prospect, Strabane, on November 16, 1920, at Urney Presbyterian Church. Possibly brother of Elizabeth A. G., who married Alexander, third son of John and Mrs Roulston, Greenhill, St Johnston, on February 15, 1921. Possibly brother of Christina E., who married George, second son of Samuel and Mrs Cole, Legnaduff, on February 15, 1921. Possibly brother of Frances, who married William, eldest son of Mr and Mrs William Porter, Drumenon, St Johnston, County Donegal, on October 27, 1927, at St Johnston Presbyterian Church. Possibly brother of Alfred E., who married Anna May, youngest daughter of Victor Fulton, Rushfield, Carrigans, on July 31, 1923, at Killea Parish Church.

A brother of James Graham Neely, Robert Neely (junior), Undertaker, died as the result of a tragic accident, which occurred on Christmas Eve, 1919. He motored home to his residence at Creevagh, about three miles from the city of Londonderry, and while going up the flight of stone steps by which the front entrance was approached he missed his footing in the darkness, which was intensified by the dazzling headlights of the motor. Falling into the area fifteen feet below, he fractured the base of his skull and died three days later.
Ruby Neely, 13, Magazine Street, signed the Ulster Solemn League and Covenant (September 1912) pledging resistance to Home Rule for Ireland.