Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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20/04/2017 Prior to enlisting, Patrick was living with his wife Fannie at 62 Essex Street, Andover, Massachusetts, U.S.A. He was working as a labourer.
20/04/2017 Patrick O誰eill was the son of Edward and Sarah O誰eill. Edward O誰eill married Sarah Mallon/Mellon on 28th November 1878 in the district of Cookstown.
20/04/2017 Patrick was born on 26th May 1882 in Coagh. He was one of at least nine children.
20/04/2017 Known family: Edward O'Neill, Sarah O'Neill, Charles O'Neill (born 10th October 1879), Patrick O'Neill (born 26th May 1882), Margaret O'Neill (born 6th March 1885), Matilda O'Neill (born 15th December 1888), Amie O'Neill (born 19th July 1889), Alice O'Neill (born 16th November 1892), John O'Neill (born 7th January 1894), James O'Neill (born 2nd September 1896), Edward O'Neill (born 11th September 1898).
20/04/2017 Patrick O誰eill spent seven years with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
20/04/2017 Patrick travelled to Canada and enlisted in Montreal on 3rd October 1917. He listed his wife as his next of kin.
20/04/2017 The town of Wancourt was captured on 12th April 1917 after very heavy fighting and the advance was continued in the following days. The area then fell into German hands in March 1918, during the Spring Offensive.
20/04/2017 On 26th August 1918, the Canadian Corps, including the 24th Battalion, recaptured the area. Private Patrick O誰eill was seriously wounded during the taking of Wancourt and died of his wounds the next day.
20/04/2017 Private Patrick O誰eill is buried in Wancourt British Cemetery, France.
20/04/2017 The CWGC record Private P O誰eil as the son of Edward and Sarah O'Neil, of Co. Tyrone, Ireland; husband of Fannie O'Neil, of Higgins Court, Andover, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
20/04/2017 The Canadian Circumstances of Death Register records that Private O誰eil was killed in action on 27th August 1918. His unit was involved in an attack from south east of Wancourt to Cherisy.
20/04/2017 The 1901 census lists Patrick as age at 17, living with the family at house 37 in Great Georges Street, Coagh. Patrick was a labourer. His father and elder brother were stone masons.
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