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11741   Sergeant Edward James McNeill
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 31/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 29/03/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 18
Summary      
Edward James McNeill was the youngest son of Dugald and Catherine Jane McNeill (nee Ramsay). He was born in Dungannon about 1900. His father was a pastry baker who hailed from Glasgow. The family lived in Perry Street, Dungannon. Edward James McNeill enlisted in Dungannon. 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, aged about 18. Edward James McNeill was the brother of Hugh McNeill, of 83 Torrens Avenue, Todmorden, Toronto, Canada.
Further Information
Edward James McNeill was the youngest son of Dugald and Catherine Jane McNeill (nee Ramsay). He was born in Dungannon about 1900.
The 1901 census shows Edward as a year old. His father was a pastry baker who hailed from Glasgow. The family lived in Perry Street, Dungannon.
Perry Street, Dungannon
Edward James McNeill attended Drumglass Boys National School.
The 1911 census records Edward James as 11 years old. He was still at school. The family still lived in Perry Street, Dungannon.
Family: Dugald McNeill, Catherine Jane McNeill, Maggie McNeill (born about 1883), Lizzie McNeill (born about 1885), Dugald / Daniel McNeill (born about 1887), Catherine Jane McNeill (born about 1889), Hugh McNeill (born about 1891), Harriet McNeill (born about 1893), Daniel McNeill (born about 1896), Wilhelmina McNeill (born about 1898), Edward McNeill (born about 1900), Annie McNeill (born about 1901), Rachel McNeill (born about 1905).
Edward James McNeill enlisted in Dungannon.
Medal card
From the Tyrone Courier dated 23rd March 1916: Dungannon Soldier’s Escape
Sergeant Edward Lucas, Parkanaur, and Privates Harry Hobson and Ted McNeill, Dungannon, all of the 9th Inniskilling Fusiliers, have had a very narrow shave in the trenches in France. While on duty they were subjected to shell fire from the Germans. A large piece of shrapnel shell, about two pounds in weight, skimmed over the parapet, and knocking the steel helmet off Sergeant Lucas, buried itself about a foot and a half in the bottom of the trench between Privates Hobson and McNeill.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 25th March 1916:
Private Harry Hobson, 9th Inniskillings, who is in France, writing to his brother, Mr Ben Hobson, Dungannon, says:-
'I could not answer your letter sooner as we were in the trenches and are now just out for a few days rest. I had the pleasure of meeting John Johnston (2nd Inniskillings), Sam Wilkinson (Irish Rifles), and Joe Webb (Royal Engineers). They are all in the best of health and quite happy. It is fearfully cold on the feet in the trenches, and we had a fall of snow which made the trenches very wet and muddy. When the artillery starts shelling it makes things very warm, but our gunners are very good shots. They make havoc of the enemy's trenches, but the enemy cannot do us any harm except for shrapnel. By the way, Ted McNeill, Sergeant Lucas and myself had a very narrow escape of being knocked out the other day. We were on sap duty when shrapnel shells were being sent over. There was a lump about two pounds weight skimmed the parapet and, knocking the steel helmet off Sergeant Lewis, buried itself about a foot and a half in the bottom of the trench between Ted McNeill and myself. It was a very thrilling experience, but we had a laugh when it was over.'
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, aged about 18..
From the Tyrone Courier and Dungannon News dated Thursday 30 May 1918:
Sergeant Edward J (Ted) McNeill, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, who is officially reported wounded and missing, is the younger son of the late Dugald McNeill, Perry Street, Dungannon and the brother of Misses McNeill, 19 Mark Street, Dungannon. His brother Dan McNeill is serving abroad in the Army Service Corps.
Last Will and Testament of Edward James McNeill:
In the event of my death, I give the whole of my property and effects to Miss Rachel McNeill, Perry Street, Dungannon, County Tyrone, Ireland. Signed Private E J McNeill. 8th October 1915.
Sergeant Edward James McNeill has no known grave and is commemorated on Pozieres Memorial.
Edward James McNeill was the brother of Hugh McNeill, of 83 Torrens Avenue, Todmorden, Toronto, Canada.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Perry Street (No 15) Dungannon Central Census listing in Perry Street 54.503355 -6.766917
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 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 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of Edward James McNeill
6 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
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