Thomas Mervyn O'Neil Born 16 February 1930 - Died 13 September 1952 PDF Print Share Key details Service number204264 AWMM Also known asO'Neill AWMM ForceArmy AWMM Last rankGunner AWMMRoyal New Zealand Artillery, 16 Field Regiment AWMM WarKorean War, 1950-1953 AWMM Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malay … Read more View gallery Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Title ForenamesThomas Mervyn AWMM SurnameO'Neil AWMM Ingoa Also known asO'Neill AWMM Service number204264 AWMM Gender Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe Religion Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Date of birth16 February 1930 AWMM Place of birthAuckland, New Zealand AWMM Birth notesAuckland, New Zealand AWMM Occupation before enlistmentBuilder's labourer AWMM Post war occupation Address before enlistmentUnknown Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Next of kin on embarkation Relationship status Service Wars and conflicts WarKorean War, 1950-1953 AWMM Campaigns ForceArmy AWMM Service number204264 AWMM Military service Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers Miilitary decorations Medals and AwardsNew Zealand Operational Service Medal AWMM Training and Enlistment Military training Enlistment Age on enlistment Embarkations Embarkation details Prisoner of war Capture details Days interned Liberation date POW liberation details POW serial number Medical history Medical notesKilled in Action, Cause of Death AWMM Last known rank Last rankGunner AWMMRoyal New Zealand Artillery, 16 Field Regiment AWMM Biographical information Biographical information Served with Kayforce 1952"The regiment's worst experience of shelling occured on 13th September 1952, when at least fifty enemy guns worked over the 28 Brigade area for two hours. Some of the 700 incoming shells fell on E Troop, wounding two gunners, R.H. Mortimer and William Lavery. Gunner T.M. O'Neill was killed by another shell as he went to get a stretcher, and Mortimer succumbed to his wounds next day." (McGibbon 1996, vol. 2, p. 241)"Gunner T. O'Neil [sic], of New Lynn, Auckland, who was reported killed in action on Saturday, lost his life while fetching a stretcher for a badly wounded comrade. The man he was trying to help, Gunner R.H. Mortimer, of Bluff, died of wounds yesterday.A third man, Gunner W. Lavery, of Napier, was wounded in the leg during the same enemy shelling. All three were serving in Korea with the 16th New Zealand Field Regiment.A memorial service for Gunner O'Neil [sic] was held in his troop area by the senior chaplain with K-Force, the Rev. R.H. McKenzie, says an Army Information Service report. Gunner O'Neil [sic] had been flash spotting with Commonwealth infantry for some three weeks, and was brought back to his troop only a few days ago for a well-earned rest." (NZ Herald, 17 September 1952, p. 8)Gunner O'Neil's sister, Mrs Colleen Forgesson of Auckland, received the New Zealand Operational Service Medal on his behalf from the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defence at a presentation at the Auckland War Memorial Museum on Thursday 27 November 2003 AWMM Read more Death About death Age at death22 AWMM Date of death13 September 1952 AWMM Cause of deathKilled in Action AWMM Place of deathKorea AWMM Death notesKorea AWMM Cemetery nameBusan Commonwealth Cemetery, Korea AWMM Grave reference Memorial nameAuckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malaya-Borneo. AWMM Memorial reference Obituary Sources Sources External linksNew Zealand in the Korean War. NZHistory online.http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/korean-warFurther Reference DocumentsSecond New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 10 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1943 to 31st March, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMMIan McGibbon, New Zealand and the Korean War, Volume II: Combat Operations, Oxford University Press, Auckland, 1996, pp. 241, 371, 409. AWMM Seen an error on this page? Tell us about it.