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Thomas O'Neill

Rank: Private
Street: 51 Pitt Street
Townland:
Town/Village: Widnes, Lancashire
Civil Parish:
Catholic Parish:
Country:
Alternative Address: Co. Longford
Census 1901:
Census 1911:
Regiment/Unit: Leinster Regiment, 2nd Battalion/ [6th Battalion]
Regiment Number: 216 (215)
Date of Death: 29-03-1916
Cause: Killed in action, Wulverghem Belgium
Memorial: Berks Cemetery Extension, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium
Information:

Thomas was born likely the 30 December 1885 in Co. Longford, but later moved to the north of England with his family. Pte O'Neill enlisted in Warrington, Lancashire and engaged in the war the 5 August 1915; he initially served at Gallipoli before being deployed to Belgium.  Prior to the 27th his battalion was stationed at an area in Belgium known as Red Lodge, where they assisted the Royal Engineers in stengthening the trenches. On the 29th, four companies of the 2ns Leinsters relieved the 7th Northhamptonshire Regiment; here Pte O'Neill and Pte Malone (No.350) were killed by a shell 30 minutes after relieving the Northants; 24 men from the 2nd Leinsters rank-and-file, and two officers, were killed during March 1916. After his death, Thomas's uncle Patrick is noted as being his sole legate. 

 

Pte O'Neill was initially buried in the Ploegsteert area, in the Rosenberg Chateau Military Cemetery.

 

Parents Names: Son of the late Thomas and Bridget O'Neill, 51 Pitt Street, Widnes, Lancashire, U.K.
Notes: Note: Some of the CWGC records Pte. O'Neill with the number 215, although other military records attribute him with the number 216. Likely son of Thomas O'Neill and Bridget (née Mimnagh)
Links:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission entry; probable Civil Record of Birth

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