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4427   Private Charles O'Neill
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 07/09/2017
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 22
Summary      
Charles O誰eill was the son of John and Margret O'Neill. John was born in Dungannon about 1894. The family lived at Anne Street, Dungannon. The O誰eill family were tinsmiths. Charles enlisted in Omagh. In July 1915, Private Charles O誰eill returned home to Anne Street, Dungannon suffering from wounds in his back and legs received in Flanders in May. He had been at the Front continuously from October 1914. Private Charles O誰eill later returned to the front with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He was killed in action on the first day of the Somme on 1st July 1916 aged 22.
Further Information
Charles O'Neill was the son of John and Margret O'Neill. John was born in Dungannon about 1894.
The 1901 census shows Charles as 7 years old. The family was living at Anne Street, Dungannon. John O'Neill was a tinsmith.
The 1911 census records Charlie O'Neill as 17 years old. He was now working as a tinsmith. The family still lived in Anne Street.
Anne Street, Dungannon
Family: John O'Neill, Margret O'Neill, Francis O'Neill (born about 1887), Mary O'Neill (born about 1889), Annie O'Neill (born about 1891), Charlie O'Neill (born about 1894), Margret O'Neill (born about 1896), Elizabeth O'Neill (born about 1898), John O'Neill (born about 1901), Patrick Joseph O'Neill (born about 1903).
Charles enlisted in Omagh.
From the Tyrone Courier dated 3rd June 1915:
Corporal John Johnston, 2nd Battalion Inniskilling Fusiliers, wrote home to Dungannon last week stating that Private Frizell (his chum when he enlisted) has been killed, and Private O誰eill, Ann Street, Dungannon, is missing, and Private Cunningham killed. It has since been ascertained however, that O誰eill is in hospital at Ramsgate, and that Cunningham is also in hospital with a wounded arm.
In July 1915, Private Charles O'Neill returned home to Anne Street, Dungannon suffering from wounds in his back and legs received in Flanders in May. He had been at the Front continuously from October 1914.
From the Tyrone Courier dated 22 July 1915:
Private Charles O'Neill, 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, has returned home to Anne Street, Dungannon, suffering from wounds in his back and legs received in Flanders in May. He had been at the Front continuously from the previous October
Private Charles O'Neill later returned to the front with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Private Charles O'Neill was killed in action on the first day of the Somme on 1st July 1916 aged 22.
From the Tyrone Courier dated 27 July 1916:
Mr John O'Neill, tinsmith, Ann Street, Dungannon, received intimation on Friday that his son, Private Charles O'Neill, Inniskilling Fusiliers, had been killed in action
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 29th July 1916: Private Charles O'Neill
Mr John O'Neill, Ann Street, Dungannon, received official intimation on Friday that Private Charles O'Neill, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, one of his two soldier sons, has been killed in action. He had been of a very cheery disposition, and was the life and soul of the trenches during last winter. He was an excellent singer, and had enlivened many a dreary and trying hour.
Charles has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Anne Street (No 13) Dungannon Central Census listing in Ann Street 54.504464 -6.774409
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1 1901 Census lists ONeill family Lists Charlie as age 7 living with the family at house 13 in Anne Street, Dungannon, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists ONeill family Lists Charlie as age 17 living with the family at house 14 in Anne Street, Dungannon, Tyrone
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