The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- ‘ B ’ Company
- Place of Birth:
- Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- David O'Neil
- Mothers's Name:
- Annie Edith O’Neil (nee Sharpe)
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Epitaph, Labuan Memorial, Panel 19, Age 36.
- Selarang Camp Changi, A.G.H. Roberts Barracks Changi, Selarang Barracks Changi
- ‘E’ Force Borneo
- 1/8885 & 1852
- Cause of Death:
- Acute Gastroenteritis
- Place of Death:
- Sandakan No. 1 Camp
- Date of Death:
David O’Neil father of Les was born in Port Pirie about 1881, served in WW1 with 11th Battalion. Sevice No. 1811 David O’Neil joined 4th reinforcements 11th Battalion, embarking on 19 April 1915 leaving his wife Edith and young children in Perth. David O’Neil died in November 1941 aged 61 years. Edith died in 1961 and both parents are buried at Karrakatta Cemetery.
Above the tragic death of young Eric O’Neil aged 3 years. At this time Edith was alone with her husband David fighting in France.
The 1931 Electoral Roll has Les residing with his parents at 31 Merriwa Street, Hollywood. Both Les and his father David working as labourers.
Soldier contracted disease on 12.12.1944. Death Certificate was signed by Lieutenant Yamamato Katsuki. Read further about ‘E’ Force Borneo.
O’NEIL, Private, LESLIE, WX5222, A.I.F. 2/4 M.G. Bn., Australian Infantry. 16 December 1944. Age 36. Son of David and Annie Edith O’Neil, of Mundaring, Western Australia. Panel 19.
Labuan Memorial, Malaysia.
- Roberts Barracks Changi - Singapore
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- Sandakan - Borneo ***
- Lintang Officers Camp, Kuching - Sarawak