Timothy James O'NEILL

O'NEILL, Timothy James

Service Number: 1208
Enlisted: 10 April 1915
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 11th Light Horse Regiment
Born: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 15 October 1889
Home Town: Eidsvold, North Burnett, Queensland
Schooling: Gatton Agrigultural College, Queensland, Australia
Occupation: Stockman/Station manager
Died: Killed in Action, Palestine, 7 November 1917, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Gaza War Cemetery, Israel and Palestine (including Gaza)
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Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Gatton Agricultural College HR
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World War 1 Service

10 Apr 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1208, 11th Light Horse Regiment
4 Oct 1915: Involvement Private, 1208, 11th Light Horse Regiment, Third Ypres
4 Oct 1915: Embarked Private, 1208, 11th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Mashobra, Sydney
7 Nov 1917: Involvement Lance Corporal, 1208, 11th Light Horse Regiment, Third Ypres
7 Nov 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 1208, 11th Light Horse Regiment, Battle of Beersheba

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Thomas and Mary O'NEILL, George Street, Bundaberg, Queensland

Grew up in Bundaberg and attended Gatton College 1906-1908, and was awarded a Diploma.

General regret was expressed in town on Saturday evening last when ths sad news gained currency that Corporal Timothy James O'Neill, oldest son of Retired Sergeant Thomas, and Mrs. O'Neill of George Street West  Bundaberg, had made the supreme sacrifice in Palestine. His Wor ship the Mayor (Alderman. R. Ruddell) was advised by telegram from the Base Records, that Corporal O'Neill was killed in action on the 7th November, and at his reqest Rev. Father Kelly conveyed the sad tidings to Mr. and Mrs. O'Neill. The deceased soldier, who was 28 years of age was attached to the 11th Light Horse. He enlisted early in the war and, saw much fighting in the desert and on each occasion he was fortunate in coming through scathless. Prior to enlisting he was managing Mr. John Naughton's Springfield Station at Culeralgie in the Upper Burnett, where he was well known and highly esteemed. He was his quiet unassuming disposition making him a favourite with all also extremely popular in Bundaberg whom he came in contact. Prior to entering upon station life he gained considerable experiences at the Gatton  college of which he was a student. He had a particularly bright future ahead of him and the news of his untimely end will be read with feel ings of the utmost regret by his numerous Bundaberg and Upper Burnett friends. Only in August last Mr. and Mrs. O'Neill received the painful tidings that their son Private Peter O'Neill had died of wounds in France, while a fourth son son Thomas, was discharged as medically unfit after going through several months training. The hand of sympathy will go out to our highly respected citizens Mr. and Mrs. O'Neill and family in their double bereavement for the loss of two gallant sons and brothers who sacrificed their two young lives for honour and freedom.