b. 28/03/1897 Wallasey, Merseyshire. d. 01/10/1918 Cambrai, France.
Neely was 21 years old, and a corporal in the 8th Battalion, The King's Own (Royal Lancaster) Regiment, British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place at Flesquières, France during the battle of the Canal du Nord for which he was awarded the VC.
On 27 September 1918 at Flesquières, France, when his company was held up during the advance by heavy machine-gun fire, Corporal Neely realising the seriousness of the situation, at once under point-blank fire, dashed out with two men and rushed the gun positions, disposing of the garrisons and capturing three machine-guns. Subsequently, on two occasions, he rushed concrete strong-points, killing or capturing the occupants. His actions enabled his company to advance 3,000 yards along the Hindenburg support line.
Neely was killed three days later in action at Rumilly-en-Cambrésis, just south of Cambrai, France, on 1 October 1918.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: STOLEN.
BURIAL PLACE: MASNIERES CEMETERY, MARCOING, FRANCE.
Cemetery Plan courtesy of Kevin Brazier
PLOT II, ROW B, GRAVE 21
Neely's medals when sold by Spink in 2010. Sadly they have been stolen