James Robert (Bob) MCNEIL

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MCNEIL, James Robert

Service Number: 4483
Enlisted: 15 January 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Rosewater, South Australia, 7 February 1878
Home Town: Port Adelaide, Port Adelaide Enfield, South Australia
Schooling: Port Adelaide Public School
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 5 November 1916, aged 38 years
Cemetery: AIF Burial Ground, Grass Lane, Flers
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Rosewater War Memorial, Rosewater Womens Memorial Roll of Honour WW1
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World War 1 Service

15 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4483, Adelaide, South Australia
25 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4483, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
25 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4483, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Shropshire, Adelaide
5 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4483, 27th Infantry Battalion, Flers/Gueudecourt

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Biography

"THE LATE PRIVATE R. J. McNEIL. 

A cable has been received by Mrs. Loader, of Rosewater, stating that her son, Private J. R. McNeil, was killed in action on November 15. Private McNeil, Or "Bob" as he was familiarly known, was the third son of Mrs. Leader, and was 38 years of age. He was born in Rosewater, where he lived practically the whole of his life prior to enlisting. He was well known in and round Port Adelaide, and his jovial nature won for him many friends. The late soldier was in the employ of the Public Stores Department at Port Adelaide for many years prior to joining the expeditionary forces, and is the first from the department to pay the supreme sacrifice in this war." - from the Adelaide Daily Herald 16 Dec 1916 (nla.gov.au)

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