Diver, Redmond Joseph (served as Wheeler, Albert) (No. 2748)

Diver, Redmond Joseph (served as Wheeler, Albert)

Private

No. 2748, 1st Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)

Killed in action on Friday 14 July 1916 (aged 19)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Thiepval Memorial, France (Panel Pier and Face 10 A)

County Donegal Book of Honour – The Great War 1914 – 1918

BIOGRAPHY

Redmond Joseph Diver was born on 14 January 1897 in John Street, Newtownards and he was a son of James and Margaret (Maggie) Diver (nee Crerand, sometimes Crerard) who were married on 7 January 1892 in Letterkenny Roman Catholic Church, Co Donegal.  At the time of the wedding, James Diver was a Constable in the Royal Irish Constabulary stationed in Newtownards and he was a son of James Diver, a farmer.  Maggie Crerand from Ellistrim, Letterkenny was a daughter of Roger Crerand, a farmer.

James and Margaret Diver (nee Crerand) had at least six children:

Mary Alice (born 25 February 1893 in Pound Street, Newtownards)

Bridget (born 13 March 1894 in Pound Street, Newtownards)

James Roger (born 16 August 1895 in Pound Street, Newtownards; died of whooping cough 11 October 1899)

Redmond Joseph (born 14 January 1897 in John Street, Newtownards)

Charles R (born 5 July 1898 in John Street, Newtownards)

John Coyle (born 4 April 1900 in John Street, Newtownards)

The Diver family moved from John Street, Newtownards to Hilltown, Co Down.

In 1911 Redmond Joseph Diver was at school in Letterkenny and he was living with Anne, Susan and Charles Edward Crerand.

During the Great War Redmond Joseph Diver served with the 1st Battalion Black Watch using the alias Albert Wheeler and he was 19 when he was killed in action on 14 July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme.  He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France and in the County Donegal Book of Honour – The Great War 1914 – 1918.

The death of Private Albert Wheeler was reported in the 26 August 1916 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle under the headline Portaferry.