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 on May 7 1915, 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.
Three other Clare natives were victims of the sinking. They were Patrick Sheedy, Darragh, Ennis; Edmond Ireton, Lassana, Quin; and Michael Galvin, Derryshane, Coolmeen.
39 year old Jane Hogan from Mullagh was Lusitania’s only surviving Clare passenger. The third class passenger sustained an ankle injury but survived the sinking. The West Clare woman had been living in the United States for 20 years before the Lusitania sinking.
Ms Hogan lost her box of possessions which she valued at 300 dollars, but fortunately she had stitched her money to the inside of her corset.
When she was interviewed by the Clare Journal, she stated that she was wearing her sister’s clothes. At the time of her interview ten days after the sinking, she was under the care of Dr. Hillery and Nurse Hogan.