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metadata.territoryanzacs.dc.title: Alfred O'Neill
Name: O'Neill, Alfred
Rank: Sapper
Service Number: 5394
Place of Birth: Sydney (N.S.W.)
Next of Kin: James and Anne O'Neill - Parents ; 13 Smith Street, Balmain, N.S.W. Native of Launceston, Tasmania.
Biographical notes: O'Neill and his partner Frederick Waterhouse were granted a gold mining lease at the Union Reef near Pine Creek in April 1914.
Occupation: Miner
Date of Enlistment: 5-Apr-1916
Age at Enlistment: 31
Place of Enlistment: Darwin
Unit: 1st Tunnelling Company
Service: Australian Imperial Force
Date of Death: 1917-10-02
Place of Death: Belgium
Memorials: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Belgium)
Darwin Cenotaph
Service History: Embarked from Melbourne on board HMAT A23 "Suffolk" on 29 September 1916, landing at Plymouth 2 December 1916. From there he traveled to France and was taken on strength with his unit 2 February 1917. O'Neill was hospitalized for illness March 1917 but soon returned to his unit, he was killed in action in October 1917. From the Northern Territory Times and Gazette 13 April 1916. "The "Montoro" took away a fine contingent, particularly of Pine Creek boys, and included in the names are those of several well-known identities, "Sandy" Anderson, "Reggie" Jones, Ernie Stephens, Frank O'Keefe, Alf O'Neill, Phill Martin, are all very familiar names and their doings will be watched with interest. Alf O'Neill offered at the beginning of the war, but was rejected on account of teeth. He had the teeth trouble remedied and offered again only to be turned down for some other slight defect. He tried a third time, and a fourth, and a fifth, only to be rejected each time. Each refusal greatly depressed him but seeing the boys going by the "Montoro" he tried yet once again, and the sixth time he was accepted. He is probably, the happiest man in the party. Men of the calibre of O'Neill should shame every slacker in the N.T. to drop his feeble excuses and enlist at once. The full list of the contingent is as follows: Alex. Andersen, W. J. Blaylock, M. Bruton, P. H. Dawe, R. A. Jones, B. Lofgrew, Phil Martin, M. Molloy, F. O'Keefe, Alf O'Neill, J. M. Patterson, J. W. Powell, T. B Rogers, A. Robb, E S. Stephens."
Related link: "A Soldiers Letter", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 20 September 1917: p.8.
Nominal Roll
Crumps and camouflets : Australian tunnelling companies on the Western Front by Damien Finlayson. Newport, N.S.W. : Big Sky Publishing, 2010: p.252.
Roll of Honour
"Letters from the Front", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 20 December 1917: p.19.
Service Record
Embarkation Roll
"Our Boys at the Front". Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 12 October 1916: p.16.
Commonwealth War Graves - Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial - Alfred O'Neill
metadata.territoryanzacs.dc.subject.*: ANZAC
Australia. Army. Australian and New Zealand Army Corps -- History
World War, 1914-1918 -- Northern Territory
Appears in Collections:Fallen ANZACs

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