Saturday 18 June 2011

Acting-Corporal William James O'Neill

Born on 2 January 1882 in Lindsay, Ontario - husband of Nellie May O'Neill, Toronto, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: present address in Aylmer, Ontario; trade as egg tester; married; no current military service; previously served in the 45th Battalion; Church of England; height of 5 feet 8.5 inches; chest of 36 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; dark brown hair.

Joined the 91st Battalion, CEF, in St. Thomas, Ontario, on 25 November 1915 (number 189463) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 20 or 21 August 1916 - wounded on 23 or 26 April 1917 - died of those wounds on 4 May 1917 - buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery (grave IV.B.1), France.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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