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13/09/2018 Joseph Wylie Neill was born on 26th June 1896 in Cookstown. He was the first of five children, the other four being born in Clydebank, Scotland.
13/09/2018 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 11th May 1918: Gunner J W Neill
13/09/2018 Mr James Neill, 126 Glasgow Road, Clydebank, (formerly of Oldtown Street, Cookstown), has received officially intimation that his eldest son was killed in action on 17th April 1918. The deceased resided in Cookstown up to 1914, when he went to Clydebank, and was employed in the shipyard of Messrs Brown & Co. He joined up in 1916, going to France in July that year. Previous to leaving Ireland he was a member of the U.V.F. A chaplain (Rev H D Peel) writing condolence to his bereaved father, says that his son was killed by a shell while having tea, and was buried with every honour and respect.
13/09/2018 Joseph Neill was the eldest son of James and Hester Neill. James Neill and Hester ‘Wiley’ were married on 19th October 1895 in the district of Cookstown.
13/09/2018 Family: James Neill, Hester Neill, Joseph Neill (born 26th June 1896, Cookstown), Margaret Neill (born about 1897, Dumbarton, Scotland), William Neill (born about 1899, Dumbarton, Scotland), James Neill (born about 1902, Dumbarton, Scotland), Esther Neill (born about 1905, Dumbarton, Scotland).
13/09/2018 It seems his father remarried in 1908. His second wife was Mary Ann. No record can be found on GRONI so they have married in Scotland.
13/09/2018 The 1911 census lists Joseph as age 15, living with the family at house 42 in Church Street, Cookstown. Joseph had left school and was a factory worker. His father was a carter.
13/09/2018 From the Mid Ulster Mail at Easter 1927:
13/09/2018 Joseph is reported to have lived at Oldtown Street, Cookstown up until about 1914.
13/09/2018 The CWGC record Gunner Joseph Neill as the nephew of Mrs Maggie Beattie of 31 Glasgow Road, Clydebank, Glasgow. He is also listed as being born in Cookstown, Ireland.
13/09/2018 Gunner Joseph Neill is buried in Le Grand Hasard Military Cemetery, Hazebrouck, Belgium.
13/09/2018 Gunner Neill was killed by a shell while having tea.
13/09/2018 Gunner Joseph Neill was serving with the A Battery of the 119th Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery when he was killed in action on 17th April 1918.
13/09/2018 Joseph Neill enlisted in Clydebank in 1916 and was sent to France in July of that same year.
13/09/2018 Around 1914, he went to Clydebank to work in the shipyards of John Brown & Company.
30/12/2015 "We shall know his voice in the lamb’s sweet song,
30/12/2015 with a loved one, so near, and so dear to our heart."
30/12/2015 Hard, was the blow that compelled us to part!
30/12/2015 When earth held so many it better could spare;
30/12/2015 Oh why was he taken, so young and so fair?
30/12/2015 as he wore in the days of old.
30/12/2015 The same sweet smile on his loving face,
30/12/2015 His step in the streets of Gold,
30/12/2015 Submitted to the Mid Ulster Mail by his Uncle and Aunt, Mr & Mrs Beattie, Clydebank, at Easter 1927.
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