Samuel Philip MCNEIL

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MCNEIL, Samuel Philip

Service Number: 4538
Enlisted: 9 August 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Yatala, South Australia, 5 June 1899
Home Town: Alberton, Port Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Port Adelaide Public School
Occupation: Driver
Died: Accidental (bomb explosion), Belgium, 8 September 1916, aged 17 years
Cemetery: Klein-Vierstraat British Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Port Adelaide St Paul's Church Memorial Alcove, Rosewater War Memorial, Rosewater Womens Memorial Roll of Honour WW1, SA Caledonian Society Soldiers Memorial WW1 Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

9 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4538, Adelaide, South Australia
7 Feb 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4538, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
7 Feb 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4538, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Miltiades, Adelaide

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Biography

"THE LATE PRIVATE S. P. McNEIL

Private Samuel Phillip McNeil, of Alberton, second son of Mr. and Mrs. S. P. McNeil, "Chisamil," Alberton, was accidentally killed in France on September 8. Letters received from him recently relate how he had (until a few days prior to his death) been in the trenches and free from a scratch. At the time of his enlistment he was employed by the Colonial Sugar Refinery. He left for the front on February 7, and was only 17 years and 3 months when he made the supreme sacrifce. His merry and jovial disposition earned for him a large circle of friends, by whom he will be greatly missed." - from the Adeliade Chronicle 28 Oct 1916 (nla.gov.au)

 

 

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