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11741   Sergeant Edward James McNeill
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 24/09/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 22/07/1899
Died: 29/03/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 18
Edward James McNeill was the youngest son of Dugald and Catherine McNeill. He was born on 22nd July 1899 in Dungannon. He was one of at least 13 children. His father was a pastry baker who later became a confectioner. Edward enlisted in Dungannon and arrived in France with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers on 5th October 1915. Sergeant Edward James McNeill was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on 29th March 1918.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Pozieres Memorial
  Albert, Somme, 
Grave Ref: Panel 38-40
CWGC Casualty 1584972
Pozieres is a village 6 kilometres north-east of the town of Albert. The Memorial encloses Pozieres British Cemetery which is a little south-west of the village on the north side of the main road, D929, from Albert to Pozieres. On the road frontage is an open arcade terminated by small buildings and broken in the middle by the entrance and gates. Along the sides and the back, stone tablets are fixed in the stone rubble walls bearing the names of the dead grouped under their Regiments. It should be added that, although the memorial stands in a cemetery of largely Australian graves, it does not bear any Australian names. The Australian soldiers who fell in France and whose graves are not known are commemorated on the National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 St Annes Church Of Ireland - WWI Dungannon
2 Dungannon War Memorial - Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers - WWI - Panel 2 Dungannon
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Drumglass Boys National School, Dungannon
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists McNeill family Lists Edward as age 1 living with the family at house 15 in Perry Street, Dungannon
2 1910 Ulster Towns Directory - Dungannon McNeill, Dougald, confectioner, Perry street
3 1911 Census lists McNeill family Lists Edward James as age 11 living with the family at house 15 in Perry Street, Dungannon
4 Drumglass School Roll of Honour, 1914 E McNeill listed Drumglass Roll of Honour 1914 Boys National School, Dungannon
5 Photo of Serjeant Edward James McNeill's memorial inscription
6 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of Edward James McNeill
7 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2023