Private Cecil Clive O’neil

Private Cecil Clive O’neil served in the Central Ontario Regiment during WW1. He is entitled to the British War Medal. He served only in United Kingdom and never went to France

He was born on October 22nd, 1896 in Norfolk County, Ontario

Trade : school teacher    Religion : Methodist Status : Single

Height : 5′ 5″         Eyes : blue         Hair : brown       Weight : 152 lbs.

Name of his father : Charles O’Neill Address : 245 John Street, Sheldon

July 31st, 1918 : He enlisted at Niagara on the Lake, Ontario

August 30th : He embarked in Montreal on the SS Saturnia. Arrived in England on September 16th.

November 11th : He qualified for his course of bombing, rifle bombing, anti-gas and musketry. He finished his last course on that date.

June 24th, 1919 : He embarked in Glasgow on the SS Cassandra

July 6th : He was demobilised in Toronto

His WW1 service file also contain information on a Cecil O’Neill who was declared medically unfit because of tuberculosis on May 22nd, 1919 . This man was with the 11th Canadian Field ambulance, he was 17 years old and had the rank of sergeant. I find that bizarre that a 17 years old was sergent but this is the information I found in the file.

Those two men cannot be the same one, it’s either a clerical error or a case of mistaken identity. I have also search if there was a Cecil O’neil who served inthe Canadian Expeditionary Forces during WW1 and could not find a file for this second man.

Private Cecil Clive O’neil British War Medal

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