Barry, John (No. 364320)

Barry, John


No. 364320, Irish Command Labour Corps

Died as the result of a road accident on Tuesday 11 December 1917 (aged 51)


Cork (St Joseph’s) Cemetery, Republic of Ireland (Section 1)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission


Private John Barry (No. 364320) died as the result of a road accident on Tuesday 11 December 1917.  The cause of death recorded on his death certificate was ‘compression of brain due to haemorrhage, the result of a fractured skull accidentally received’.

Under the headline, Chauffeur Returned for Trial, the circumstances of his death were reported in the Friday 11 January 1918 edition of the Belfast Newsletter.  At Bangor Petty Sessions on Wednesday 9 January, Mr John Kelly JP presiding, Robert Johnston chauffeur answered the charge of causing the death of Private John Barry of the Irish Command Labour Corps (ICLC) on the road from Clandeboye Camp on Monday 10 December 1917.  Private John Barry and Private Matthew Francis Cavanagh were walking towards Bangor on the night in question and, when about a mile from the town, they were struck by a taxicab driven by Robert Johnston.  It was a dark and frosty night, and, in accordance with regulations at the time, the vehicle was poorly lit.  A verdict of accidental death was returned.

Private John Barry (No. 364320) was buried in St Joseph’s Cemetery, Cork and it is recorded that he was buried in Mr John Watkin’s Grave Plot.