Irish News March 28th 1916
Death of a highly–respected Belfast National Volunteer:
All Volunteers in the city learned with pain and sorrow of the death, at his residence 204 Leeson Street, of Private J. Matthews, of “E” Company, 1st Battalion. Deceased had been connected with the company since the inception of the Volunteer movement in the city, a regular attender at his company’s meetings and parades, and was in every respect an energetic, efficient and earnest Volunteer. He has also been identified with the Ancient Order of Hibernians, being for a considerable number of years a member of a local division, and was an ardent worker on behalf of the National Cause. The deep sympathy of all Volunteers and the Nationalists in the city is extended to his numerous friends in their sad bereavement.
The funeral to Milltown Cemetery, took place on Monday last, at 2.30 o’clock, and was an exceedingly large and representative one, reflecting in large measure the esteem and affection in which the deceased had been held in National circles in the city. All the Nationalist organizations were fully represented, and the National Volunteers, in uniform, under Captain William Downey, paraded in large numbers. Colour-Sergeant P.M’Ilroy, ( “E” Company, 1st Battalion) had charge of the firing party, which was drawn from deceased’s own company.
The regimental band, playing appropriate music, preceded the cortege, amidst universal signs of mourning, from the deceased’s residence, via Leeson Street and Falls Road, to the cemetery. The Rev. Father Mulligan conducted the funeral service at the graveside and the last tribute of his Volunteer comrades paid deceased, the firing party discharging three volleys over the grave and the bugles sounding the last post.
Amongst those who followed the remains to their last resting place were.- Mr Daniel Matthews ( brother, chief mourner), the Rev. Father Mulligan, Major John M’Connell, Captain and Adjutant A Robbin, Captain C. M’Govern, E Company, 1st Battallion; Lieutenant Hugh M’Millan, E Company, 3rd Battalion; Chairman City Board of I.N.V.; Lieutenant W .J.Duffy, B Company, 1st Battalion; Lieutenant E Troddn, A Company, 1st Battalion; Messrs H Smyth, F Dempsey, J M’Donald, C Dempsey, W. Thomas, J M’Killen, J M’Aleer, P Gormley, F Fegan, A M’Kee, J M’Bride, T Sloan, P O’Neill, H Hughes, W Lismore, J Brown, J Dempsey, C O’Donnell, E M’Gee, J Toner, J Murphy, J Crudden, J Connolly, D M’Cavangh, G Rea, H Early, J Donaghy, J M’Mahon, J M’Gee, J Kelly, J M’Corry, JM’Kenna, J M’Conville, J Monaghan, B Downey, R Lavery, T Purden, J Goss, P Keenan, E Regan, J Cunningham, J M’Guinness, J Deighan, President 58 Division A.O.H.: T Lavery. E Lavery, P M’Daniel, Councillor Collins, J Fegan, M
Connolly, J M’Cashin, P M’Mahon, P Cunningham, and P Kelly.