Private Herbert Victor O’Neill

Private Herbert Victor O’Neill served with the Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW1. His enlistment number is 159592

1901 Canadian census taken in St. Catharines, Lincoln & Niagara, Ontario
Father : Thomas             Mother : Elizabeth       Sister Elizabeth
Brother : Fred                 Brother :  Robert         Brother : George
Brother : Albert

Born on November 16th, 1879 in St Catharines, Ontario
Trade : Cigar maker                       Religion : Church of England
Status : married                              Height : 5′ 2          Weight : 120 lbs.
Eyes : brown                                    Hair : brown
Name of his wife : Mary Ina O’Neill                 Address : Rural road # 3 St- Catharines, Ontario
Name of her mother: Elizabeth O’Neill         Address : 405 Maple ave, Ottumwa, Iowa, United State

October 26th, 1915 : Enlisted in the 81st battalion. He had 9 years military service in the 19th battalion.

April 28th, 1916 : Embarked in Halifax on SS Olympic. Arrived in England on May 6th.

June 13th : Signed his testament. He left everything to his wife.

July 5th : Transferred to the 35th battalion.

September 12th : Gun shot wound. Hospitalised at the 6th Canadian Field Ambulance then transferred to the 2nd Canadian Field Ambulance.

September 15th : Hospitalized at the 8th Canadian Field Ambulance (shell shock). Returned to his unit on September 22nd.

October 19th : Transferred to the 4th Company Field Engineer.

Sentenced to 4 days forfeit pays from being absent without a leave from 16:00 January 20th, 1917 to 15:30 January 21st, 1917.

December 6th : Transferred to the Canadian Labour Pool battalion.

14 days permission from December 7th, 1917 to the 17th.

January 25th, 1918 : Transferred to the 1st Canadian General Hospital.

May 19th : Died following the air raid on the 1st Canadian General Hospital in Etaples
“He was killed during a raid by enemy aircraft on No. 1 General Hospital, Etaples on the night of May 19th 1918″. Buried in Etaples cemetery, France, lot 66, row D, grave 3

The National Film board does have on its website a some short films about WW1. They do have one about the Funeral procession of those who were killed during the bombing. In that film you see the coffins of many soldiers brought to the burial site. If you want to see that 6 minutes small movie click here

WW1 pair  (British War Medal et Victory Medal), Memorial Plaque and the Scroll and the Memorial Cross were sent to his wife. A second Memorial Cross was sent to his mother.

If you know additional information on this gentleman, please leave me a comment so I can add the information to his small biography

Private Herbert Victor O’Neill Casualty Card

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