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Eugene Joseph O'Neill

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Portrait of Colonel Eugene Joseph O'Neill, Archives New Zealand, AALZ 25044 3 / F1221 15. Image is subject to copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Colonel Eugene Joseph O'Neill, Archives New Zealand, AALZ 25044 3 / F1221 15. Image is s …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Eugene Joseph AWMM
  • Surname
    O'Neill AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    3/182 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    Feb 1875 AWMM DunedinOtago AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • WW1 Hospital, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW1 Pre 5 August 1914 AWMM 219 High Street, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW1 Mr Patrick O'Neill (father), Invercargill, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs Josephine O'Neill (wife), 219 High St, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
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    14 May 1901-14 May 1901 AWMM
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
    14 May 1901 AWMM
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • According to Haigh & Polaschek, O'Neill was taken prisoner during the Anglo-Boer War but was released "after a most interesting conversation." (p192) Stowers records that he was released "after some stern words to the Boers." (p167)

    He was promoted to Surgeon-Major in 1903.

    When he enlisted with the NZEF in 1914, he was appointed Commanding Officer (CO) of 1 Field Ambulance, New Zealand Medical Corps (NZMC).

    He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 1916 and appointed CO of NZ Stationary Hospital, Amiens.

    Promoted to Colonel and CO of 2 NZ General Hospital, 15 August 1918.

    Served as a Volunteer Surgeon with the NZ Merchant Navy, 1939-41. AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    24 April 1962 AWMM
    Age 87 AWMM
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  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
    Karori Cemetery, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM Soldiers, Plot 15 F/5 AWMM
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Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • McDonald, W. (2001). Honours and awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1918. Napier, N.Z.: Helen McDonald. AWMM
    • Haigh, J., Polaschek, A. (Eds.). (1993). New Zealand and the Distinguished Service Order. Christchurch, N.Z.: Authors. AWMM
    • New Zealand Contingents to South Africa: Nominal Rolls (1901). Wellington, N.Z.: Government Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 553 AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
    • Stowers, R. (2002). Rough Riders at War: history of New Zealand's involvement in the Anglo-Boer war 1899-1902 and information on all members of the ten New Zealand contingents. Author: Hamilton, N.Z. AWMM
    • Creswell, J. (1967). Sea warfare 1939-1945 : [a short history] (Rev. and augmented ed.). Berkley, California: University of California Press. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 2: Includes portrait AWMM
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