Doctor Joseph Garry was born in County Clare, Ireland in 1890, the son of Patrick and Mary Garry (née Murphy). His father was a Justice of the Peace and the family home was at Shanabea, Kildysart, Ennis, County Clare. His brother, also a doctor, was a well known international rugby player and was in charge of a tuberculosis sanatorium in Clare. Joseph Garry took the MB and BCh of the National University of Ireland in 1914.
He lived at Albert Terrace, Garstang Road, Preston, Lancashire, England.
He served as Assistant Surgeon to Doctor JF McDermott in the Deck Department of the
Lusitania, after practising at Manchester and Bolton. He signed on at Liverpool for what proved to be the
Lusitania's final voyage on the morning of her departure for New York, 15 April 1915, at a daily rate of pay of £0-15s.-0d (75p).
He was killed when the liner was sunk, three weeks later, six days out of New York and only hours away from Liverpool. He was aged 25 years.
In an article in 'The British Medical Journal' of 23 October 1915 it was stated:
"An order was recently granted by the King's Bench Division, Dublin, to presume the death of Dr. Joseph Garry, assistant surgeon to the Lusitania. ...According to the affidavit of the steward who acted as his servant, Dr. Garry, on being handed a lifebelt, immediately gave it to a lady, and he was last seen about the wreckage."
His body was not recovered and identified afterwards, so his name is embossed on the Mercantile Marine War Memorial at Tower Hill, London.
It is believed that Dr Garry intended to leave the Lusitania when she docked in Liverpool and take up a commission in the Royal Army Medical Corps, where he was to be posted to Serbia to treat typhus victims.
Administration of his estate was granted to his father in Dublin on 18 May 1915 and his effects amounted to £101-0s-0d.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1901 Census of Ireland, 1911 Census of Ireland, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cork Examiner, Cunard Records, James Maggs, Probate Records, PRO BT 334.