Delaney, John Joseph (John)
No. 21940, 1st Battalion, Princess Victoria’s (Royal Irish Fusiliers)
Died of wounds on Saturday 14 April 1917 (aged 20)
Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, France (Grave II. E. 19)
John Joseph Delaney was born on 8 August 1896 in Ballywalter, the eldest son of William and Theresa Delaney (nee Mason) who were married on 4 October 1893 in Bryansford Roman Catholic Church, Newcastle, Co Down. William Delaney, who was born in Co Wexford, was a seaman from Ballywalter and he was a son of Richard Delaney, a light keeper. Theresa Mason, a servant from Drumee, was a daughter of William Mason, a farmer.
The Delaney family lived in Ballywalter and then in Portaferry.
William Delaney worked as a light keeper on a lightship and he and Theresa had at least seven children:
Sarah Ann (born 23 July 1894 in Drumee)
John Joseph (born 8 August 1896 in Ballywalter)
Margaret Theresa Winnifred (born 23 February 1899 in Ballywalter)
Mary (born 5 June 1901 in Shore Street, Portaferry)
William (born 5 June 1906 in Newcastle, Portaferry)
Kathleen (born 21 June 1910 in Newcastle, Portaferry)
Richard Thomas (born 10 June 1912 in Ballymacnamee, Portaferry)
John Joseph Delaney lived in Portaferry, enlisted on 1 September 1915 in Newtownards and served with the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers in 10th Brigade of the 4th Division. He was admitted to hospital with a gunshot wound to his right foot and leg on 14 July 1916 and required surgery. He was discharged to light duties on 4 October 1916.
Private John Delaney (No. 21940) was 20 when he died of wounds in 42nd Casualty Clearing Station (CCS) on 14 April 1917 and he was buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, France.