Doctor Joseph Garry was born at Shanahea, Kildysart, County Clare, Ireland in 1890, the son of Patrick and Mary Garry (née Murphy).
Joseph Garry took the MB and BCh of the National University of Ireland in 1914. In 1915, he moved to Preston, Lancashire, England.
Having practised briefly at Manchester and Bolton, Garry accepted a posting whereby he would serve as Assistant Surgeon to Dr. James McDermott in the Deck Department of the Lusitania.
He was killed when the liner was sunk off the south coast of Ireland, six days out of New York and only hours away from Liverpool.
Garry’s name is embossed on the Mercantile Marine War Memorial at Tower Hill, London. Administration of his estate was granted to his father in Dublin on 18 May 1915 and his effects amounted to £101-0s-0d.