WW1 soldier trace

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WW1 soldier trace

Post by martinatoner » 31 Dec 2010, 01:25

Hi, I am new 2 this and looking 4 info.
I am trying to trace a relative called Francis O'Neill who died in WW1.
He came from Belfast and would have been 39/40 when he died.
I have a Death Penny with his name and date of death on it. That is the only info I have.
Any help or info would be greatly appreciated.

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Post by irishgen » 31 Dec 2010, 06:00

Please supply the death date and the exact spelling of the name as written on the so called "Death Penny".

I can then check my records and advise you of what I find.

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Post by martinatoner » 03 Jun 2011, 16:27

Hi Irishgen, my great grandas name is Francis O'Neill, his date of death is 01.06.1916.
He was a private in The Royal Irish Fusiliers.
I have found a notice in the Newsletter June 1st - it lists O'Neill 3645 - I do not know if this is my relative, any help greatly appreciated.

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Post by irishgen » 03 Jun 2011, 19:49

I think this is the right Francis O'Neill.

You will cemetery here:- http://www.inmemories.com/Cemeteries/stpatricks.htm

UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 about Francis O'neill
Name: Francis O'neill
Birth Place: Shankill, Belfast
Death Date: 1 Jun 1916
Death Location: France & Flanders
Enlistment Location: Belfast
Rank: Private
Regiment: Princess Victoria's (Royal Irish Fusiliers)
Battalion: 8th Battalion
Number: 21004
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre
Comments: Formerly 3556, Connaught Rangers.

Name: O'NEILL
Initials: F
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Royal Irish Fusiliers
Unit Text: 8th Bn.
Date of Death: 01/06/1916
Service No: 21004
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: III. A. 12.
Cemetery: ST. PATRICK'S CEMETERY, LOOS

A bit of the history of the 7th and 8th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers

7th (Service) Battalion
Formed at Armagh in September 1914 as part of K2 and attached to 49th Brigade in 16th (Irish) Division. Moved to Tipperary. Moved to England in September 1915, going to Pirbright.
February 1916 : landed in France.
15 October 1916 : amalgamated with 8th Bn to form 7/8th Bn.
10 February 1918 : disbanded in France.

8th (Service) Battalion
Formed at Armagh in September 1914 as part of K2 and attached to 49th Brigade in 16th (Irish) Division. Moved to Tipperary. Record same as 7th Bn.
15 October 1916 : amalgamated with 8th Bn to form 7/8th Bn.

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Re: WW1 soldier trace

Post by martinatoner » 26 Nov 2012, 17:13

Hi, been a while from I've been on so want to say thankyou for the replies to my post.
The information given corresponds with my info and just last week (14 Nov 2012) I was able to confirm that this is definitely my Great Great Granda.
I have discovered that he was part of the British Expeditionary Force and am now looking up war diaries & newspapers of the day to complete my research.
Thanks again for your help.

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Re: WW1 soldier trace

Post by rcruiksh » 28 Mar 2013, 05:44

I'm looking for Herbert Moore, Royal Irish Fusilliers. from County Antrim (Randalstown, Balleymena or thereabouts). He survived the war and migrated to the U.S. in the mid nineteens (1919?). I think he also served in the Boer War. R.C.

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