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Thomas Mervyn O'Neil

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  • Service number
    204264 AWMM
  • Also known as
    O'Neill AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
    Gunner AWMM
    Royal New Zealand Artillery, 16 Field Regiment AWMM
  • War
    Korean War, 1950-1953 AWMM
Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malaya-Borneo (taken in April 1999). - This image may be subject to copyright
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Thomas Mervyn AWMM
  • Surname
    O'Neil AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    O'Neill AWMM
  • Service number
    204264 AWMM
  • Gender
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
    16 February 1930 AWMM
  • Place of birth
    Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Birth notes
    Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    Builder's labourer AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    Korean War, 1950-1953 AWMM
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    204264 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    New Zealand Operational Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    Gunner AWMM
    Royal New Zealand Artillery, 16 Field Regiment AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • 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
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Death

About death

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  • Age at death
    22 AWMM
  • Date of death
    13 September 1952 AWMM
  • Cause of death
    Killed in Action AWMM
  • Place of death
    Korea AWMM
  • Death notes
    Korea AWMM
  • Cemetery name
    Pusan Commonwealth Cemetery, Korea AWMM
  • Grave reference
  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malaya-Borneo. AWMM
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Sources

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  • External links
    New Zealand in the Korean War. NZHistory online.
    http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/korean-war
    Further Reference
  • Documents
    Second 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. AWMM
    Ian McGibbon, New Zealand and the Korean War, Volume II: Combat Operations, Oxford University Press, Auckland, 1996, pp. 241, 371, 409. AWMM