Diamond War Memorial Project

Private John McIntyre

11th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Donegal Volunteers). Regimental Number 26701
Born: ---- Died: 1916-07-01 Aged: -- Enlisted: Londonderry.

Name recorded on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Name also commemorated on the Diamond War Memorial.

Son of Hugh McIntyre, Gordon Terrace, Londonderry. Husband of Sarah (died April 12/13, 1941) McIntyre, 23, Fountain Street, Londonderry. Father of Sarah (died October 19, 1984); and Esther (died December 10, 1985).

The Reverend Alexander Spence, chaplain, writing to deceased's wife, intimated that the body of her husband, missing since July 1, 1916, had been found and given Christian burial. The Reverend Spence wrote of the deceased ? 'He was a splendid soldier and fearless, and he died doing his duty, amid brave men.' Private McIntyre was formerly a cutter in Messrs. Welch Margetson & Co.'s, and had a brother killed serving with the Irish Guards. Mrs McIntyre was left with seven children, the eldest of whom served with the 12th (Reserve) Battalion Inniskilling Fusiliers.

The name of John McIntyre 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.

Sarah, John and Hugh McIntyre, 23, Fountain Street, signed the Ulster Solemn League and Covenant (September 1912) pledging resistance to Home Rule for Ireland.