b. 10/02/1897 Airdrie, Scotland. d. 16/10/1942 Hoylake, The Wirral.
He was 21 years old, and a sergeant in the 2nd Battalion, Prince of Wales's Leinster Regiment, British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 14 October 1918 near Moorseele, Belgium, when the advance of his company was checked by two machine-guns and an enemy field battery firing over open sights, Sergeant O'Neill, with 11 men only, charged the battery, capturing four field guns, two machine-guns and 16 prisoners. Again on the morning of 20 October with one man he rushed an enemy machine-gun position, routing about 100 and causing many casualties.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: NOT PUBLICLY HELD.
BURIAL PLACE: TRINITY ROAD CEMETERY, HOYLAKE, THE WIRRAL. GRAVE 8.