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Private Hugh O'Neill

1st Battalion Kings Own Scottish Borderers
Service No: 18967

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of John and Mary Boyle O'Neill of 18 East Canal St, Coatbridge

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 68 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, 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'NEIL. Also remembered on the St Patrick's Church Roll of Honour (see photos) and in the St Augustine's Parish (book) Roll of Honour

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