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3035   Private Francis O'Neill
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 02/06/2024
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 20/06/1884
Died: 29/03/1915 (Killed in Action)
Age: 30
Francis O’Neill was the eldest son of Joseph and Lizzie O’Neill. He was born on 20th June 1884 in the Magherafelt area. He was one of at least twelve children. Francis lived in the Coagh – Moneymore area. He married Annie Devlin on 26th November 1908. Francis O’Neill enlisted in Omagh. Private Francis O’Neill was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in trenches at Festubert when he was killed in action on Monday 29th March 1915.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Browns Road Cemetery
  Festubert, Pas-de-Calais
Grave Ref: Grave 2-E-6
CWGC Casualty 189134
Festubert is a village 8 kilometres east-north-east of Bethune. From the church in Festubert, take the D166 signposted Cuinchy. After 300 metres turn right. Brown's Road Military Cemetery will be found a further 300 metres along this road on the right hand side.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Moneymore War Memorial Moneymore
2 Coagh War Memorial Coagh
3 Coagh Soldiers and Sailors War Memorial 2013 - WW1- Panel 2 Coagh
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 39
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Francis O'Neill 1901 census lists Francis as age 18, a servant at house 15 in Ballynewey, Springhill, Londonderry
2 1901 Census lists 'Neill' family 1901 census does not list Francis as living with the family at house 9 in Ballygillen More. Salterstown, Londonderry
3 1911 Census lists a Francis O'Neill Possible 1911 census lists Francis as age 25, a married farm servant at house 6 in Curr, Desertmartin, Londonderry
4 1911 Census lists O'Neill family 1911 census does not list Francis as living with the family at house 8 in Ballynewy, Springhill, Londonderry
5 Forum Discussion Lists O'Neill family
6 Corporal Ernest Devine - National Archives UK Medal card of stretcher bearer Ernest Devine
7 Corporal Joseph O'Neill Brother of Francis O'Neill
8 Photo of Private Francis O'Neill's Death Penny
9 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
10 Private Peter O'Neill Brother of Francis O'Neill
11 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private Francis O'Neill's grave can be purchased here
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