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07/09/2017 Private Charles O'Neill was killed in action on the first day of the Somme on 1st July 1916 aged 22.
07/09/2017 Corporal John Johnston, 2nd Battalion Inniskilling Fusiliers, wrote home to Dungannon last week stating that Private Frizell (his chum when he enlisted) has been killed, and Private O’Neill, Ann Street, Dungannon, is missing, and Private Cunningham killed. It has since been ascertained however, that O’Neill is in hospital at Ramsgate, and that Cunningham is also in hospital with a wounded arm.
07/09/2017 From the Tyrone Courier dated 3rd June 1915:
30/12/2015 The 1901 census shows Charles as 7 years old. The family was living at Anne Street, Dungannon. John O'Neill was a tinsmith.
30/12/2015 The 1911 census records Charlie O'Neill as 17 years old. He was now working as a tinsmith. The family still lived in Anne Street.
30/12/2015 Family: John O'Neill, Margret O'Neill, Francis O'Neill (born about 1887), Mary O'Neill (born about 1889), Annie O'Neill (born about 1891), Charlie O'Neill (born about 1894), Margret O'Neill (born about 1896), Elizabeth O'Neill (born about 1898), John O'Neill (born about 1901), Patrick Joseph O'Neill (born about 1903).
30/12/2015 Charles enlisted in Omagh.
30/12/2015 In July 1915, Private Charles O'Neill returned home to Anne Street, Dungannon suffering from wounds in his back and legs received in Flanders in May. He had been at the Front continuously from October 1914.
30/12/2015 From the Tyrone Courier dated 22 July 1915:
30/12/2015 Private Charles O'Neill, 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, has returned home to Anne Street, Dungannon, suffering from wounds in his back and legs received in Flanders in May. He had been at the Front continuously from the previous October
30/12/2015 Private Charles O'Neill later returned to the front with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
30/12/2015 Charles O'Neill was the son of John and Margret O'Neill. John was born in Dungannon about 1894.
30/12/2015 From the Tyrone Courier dated 27 July 1916:
30/12/2015 Mr John O'Neill, tinsmith, Ann Street, Dungannon, received intimation on Friday that his son, Private Charles O'Neill, Inniskilling Fusiliers, had been killed in action
30/12/2015 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 29th July 1916: Private Charles O'Neill
30/12/2015 Mr John O'Neill, Ann Street, Dungannon, received official intimation on Friday that Private Charles O'Neill, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, one of his two soldier sons, has been killed in action. He had been of a very cheery disposition, and was the life and soul of the trenches during last winter. He was an excellent singer, and had enlivened many a dreary and trying hour.
30/12/2015 Charles has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
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