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  cap badgePrivate Hugh O'Neil (O'Neill)

1st Battalion Kings Own Scottish Borderers
Service No: 18967

Hugh O'Neil (O'Neill) grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son of John and Mary Boyle O'Neil of 68a Coats St, Coatbridge then 17b East Canal St, Coatbridge. From the 1891 Census - Address - 3 Long Row, Coatbridge - Margaret McMlendin aged 65, boarders John O'Neil aged 36, Mary O'Neil aged 35, Hugh O'Neil aged 13, Edward O'Neil aged 11, Mary O'Neil aged 8, Patrick O'Neil aged 6, John O'Neil aged 4, William O'Neil aged 1. From the 1901 Census - Address - 18 East Canal St, Coatbridge - John O'Neil aged 48, Mary O'Neil aged 46, Hugh O'Neil aged 22, Edward O'Neil aged 21, Patrick O'Neil aged 17, John O'Neil aged 14, William O'Neil aged 11. Hugh's Pension was awarded to his mother Mary on the 08/07/1916.

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 68a Coats St, Coatbridge


Killed in Action 22/08/1915 at Gallipoli


Coatdyke 1914


Iron Worker in the Victoria Iron Works


36 / DOB - 13/12/1878

Buried / Remembered

Helles Memorial (Panel 85 to 93 or 220 to 222), 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

Hugh was Killed in the failed attempt to capture Scimitar Hill at Suvla Bay in Gallipoli. He was previously with the 4th Battalion Highland Light Infantry (9063) and this is how he is listed on the Memorial. Also listed as O'NEILL aged 45 by the CWGC. Huge thanks to Hugh's great nephew Tom McCormick and his great great nephew Stuart McCormick for the photos of the Highland Light Infantry at Troon and the 2 of Hugh's Memorial Plaque (Death Penny) . Hugh is also remembered on the St Patrick's Church Roll of Honour (see photos) and in the St Augustine's Parish (book) Roll of Honour. See photos for Hugh's Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clippings x 2, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls, his CWGC Grave Registration, his name on the Helles Memorial Panel List, Hugh's Pension Records x 2, his previous Regiment the Highland Light Infantry Cap Badge and the Kings Own Scottish Borderers Cap Badge. Finally a photo of the 6th Battalion Highland Light Infantry arriving at Troon and Hugh's Memorial Plaque (Death Penny) x 2.

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Hugh O'Neill was my great uncle ( my grandmothers brother). As far as I know he had two other brothers Patrick and Edward who we knew as Uncle Paddy and Uncle Eddie. My father gave me Uncle Hugh's death penny and I will try to upload a photo of it if you let me know how to do it on your website. In 2014 while on a visit to Sydney I visited the Anzac Museum and there was a Death Penny for Sydney man also killed at Gallipoli.
Thomas McCormick, Marlborough England, 04/05/2021 6:32PM

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