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2nd/10th Battalion Royal Scots
Service No: 376686

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of Patrick and Agnes Daw O'Neill of 23 Manse St, Coatbridge. From the 1901 Census - Address - 23 Manse St, Coatbridge - Patrick O'Neil aged 46, Agnes D O'Neil aged 44, Maggie O'Neil aged 20, James D O'Neil aged 18, Thomas C O'Neil aged 14, Janet M O'Neil aged 11, Lily D O'Neil aged 8, John O'Neil aged 6. James also had a brother Henry aged 41 and sister Agnes aged 36 (their ages are taken from John's Service Record on the 08/08/1920)

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 23 Manse St, Coatbridge

Died

Killed in Action 27/10/1918

Enlisted

Hamilton 02/03/1916

Employed

Steel Worker

Age

23

Buried / Remembered

Archangel Memorial, Northern Russia

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The MEMORIAL, which consists of panels fixed into the east wall of the cemetery, commemorates 219 British officers and men who died in Russia, particularly during the north Russian campaign and whose graves are not known. The War Graves and Memorials in the Soviet Republics of Eastern Europe are a result of the campaigns of 1918-1920 in several parts of European Russia. These campaigns, which were the outcome of the Russian Revolution of November, 1917.

Additional Information

John was Killed in Action in Northern Russia. John's comrade Private Rae (62412) said "At Topsa on the 27th October 1918 I saw Private O'Neill hit in the body. I think he was killed instantly". (see Service Record 13). British troops had landed there to guard Allied supply dumps which had built up during the war. They were also there to help the Whites in their civil war with the Reds (Communists). John's Record reads he absent off embarkation leave at Berwick-on-Tweed on the 05/04/1918, he failed to comply to an order in Dundalk on the 12/05/1918 and he was found in bed 45 minutes after reveille on the 18/07/1918 and was confined to barracks for 2 days (see Service Records 5,6,7,8,9,10). See photos for John's Medal Index Card, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls, his CWGC Grave Registration, his name on the Archangel Memorial Panel List, his Service Records x 16, John's Pension Records x 2 and the Royal Scots Cap Badge.

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