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  cap badgeSapper Charles O'Neill

Royal Engineers, 2nd Lowland Division Field Company
Service No: 3032

Charles O'Neill grave

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of John and Elizabeth Digney O'Neill of 32a Tennant St, Coatbridge (originally from Armagh). From the 1901 Census - Address - 18 Albert St, Airdrie - John O'Neill aged 50, Mary Ann O'Neill aged 14, Patrick O'Neill aged 9, Charles O'Neill aged 7, John O'Neill aged 4. Charles' Pension was awarded to his father John.

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 8 South Main St, Coatbridge

Died

Died of Wounds 19/07/1915 at Gallipoli

Enlisted

Coatbridge

Employed

Union Tube Works

Age

21 / DOB - 04/11/1893

Buried / Remembered

Helles Memorial (Panel 24 to 26 or 325 to 328), Turkey

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The eight month campaign in Gallipoli was fought by Commonwealth and French forces in an attempt to force Turkey out of the war, to relieve the deadlock of the Western Front in France and Belgium, and to open a supply route to Russia through the Dardanelles and the Black Sea. The Allies landed on the peninsula on 25-26 April 1915; the 29th Division at Cape Helles in the south and the Australian and New Zealand Corps north of Gaba Tepe on the west coast, an area soon known as Anzac. On 6 August, further landings were made at Suvla, just north of Anzac, and the climax of the campaign came in early August when simultaneous assaults were launched on all three fronts. However, the difficult terrain and stiff Turkish resistance soon led to the stalemate of trench warfare. The Helles Memorial serves the dual function of Commonwealth battle memorial for the whole Gallipoli campaign and place of commemoration for many of those Commonwealth servicemen who died there and have no known grave. The United Kingdom and Indian forces named on the memorial died in operations throughout the peninsula, the Australians at Helles. There are also panels for those who were lost at sea, in one of the troopships sunk off Gallipoli. Over 20,000 names are commemorated on this memorial.

Additional Information

Charles is listed as O'NEIL on the Memorial and on his Service Medal and Award Rolls and his Pension Records. His name on the Helles Memorial donated by Mick McCann at britishwargraves.co.uk. Also remembered on the St Patrick's (book), St Mary's Church and Stewarts and Lloyds Rolls of Honour (see photos). See photos for Charles' Medal Index Card, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects x 2, his Service Medal and Award Rolls x 2, his CWGC Grave Registration, his name on the Helles Memorial Panel List, his name on the Helles Memorial, Charles' Pension Records x 2 and the Royal Engineers Cap Badge.

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