Thomas Mervyn O'Neil 16 February 1930 - 13 September 1952 Key details Contribute › Service number204264 AWMM Also known asO'Neill AWMM ForceArmy AWMM Rank and unit at dischargeGunner AWMMRoyal New Zealand Artillery, 16 Field Regiment AWMM WarKorean War, 1950-1953 AWMM Report Play your part Contribute what you know about their war service and life. Lay a poppy Leave a note PDF Print Share Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malay … Read more View gallery Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesThomas Mervyn AWMM SurnameO'Neil AWMM Ingoa Also known asO'Neill AWMM Service number204264 AWMM Gender Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe Religion Report Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Date of birth16 February 1930 AWMM Place of birthAucklandNew Zealand AWMM Birth notesAucklandNew Zealand AWMM Report Occupations Contribute › Occupation before enlistmentBuilder's labourer AWMM Post war occupation Report Next of kin Contribute › Address before enlistmentUnknown AWMMAucklandNew Zealand AWMM Next of kin on embarkation Relationship status Report Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarKorean War, 1950-1953 AWMM Campaigns ForceArmy AWMM Service number204264 AWMM Military units Military service Report Miilitary decorations Contribute › Medals and AwardsNew Zealand Operational Service Medal AWMM Report Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military training Enlistment Age on enlistment Report Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation details Embarkation body Report Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date POW liberation details POW serial number Report Medical history Contribute › Medical notesKilled in ActionCause of Death AWMM Report Last known rank Contribute › Last rankGunner AWMMRoyal New Zealand Artillery, 16 Field Regiment AWMM Report Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › 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 Report Death About death Contribute › Age at death22 AWMM Date of death13 September 1952 AWMM Cause of deathKilled in Action AWMM Place of deathKorea AWMM Death notesKorea AWMM Report Cemetery Contribute › Cemetery nameBusan Commonwealth CemeteryKorea AWMM Grave reference Report Memorial Contribute › Memorial nameAuckland War Memorial MuseumHall of Memories. KoreaMalaya-Borneo. AWMM Memorial reference Obituary Report Roll of Honour Remember Thomas Mervyn O'Neil by laying a poppy. Thomas Francis O'Neil Thomas Lewis O'Neil Thomas Mervyn O'Neil William O'Neil William Andrew O'Neil Lay a poppy for 2015 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of Thomas Mervyn O'Neil Leave a note Contribute › Processing Sources Sources Contribute › 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 Report Seen an error on this page? Tell us about it.