Samuel Devenney had been beaten by police officers at his home in William Street, Derry on 19 April 1969. He died from his injuries on 17 July and his funeral was covered by journalists from around the world.

This report shows an estimated 15,000 people attending the funeral procession from the Devenney home to the city cemetery. The funeral procession lines the streets of Derry and mourners look on as the coffin is lowered into the grave.