The Soldier's Details

Surname:
O’Neil
First Name:
Leslie
Nick Name:
Les
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX5222
Classification:
Driver
Company:
‘ B ’ Company
Enlisted:
26.07.1940
DOB:
15.12.1908
Place of Birth:
Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Father's Name:
David O'Neil
Mothers's Name:
Annie Edith O’Neil (nee Sharpe)
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Driver
Memorial:
Epitaph, Labuan Memorial, Panel 19, Age 36.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, A.G.H. Roberts Barracks Changi, Selarang Barracks Changi
Force:
‘E’ Force Borneo
POW#:
1/8885 & 1852
Cause of Death:
Acute Gastroenteritis
Place of Death:
Sandakan No. 1 Camp
Date of Death:
16.12.1944

General Description

at back F Dorrington back row: J Gregory, L O'neil, E Teasdale, A Newel, R Hindle front: R Haldane, M Hunter, T James, F Hinds, D Parker
at back F Dorrington
back row: J Gregory, L O’Neill, E Teasdale, A Newel, R Hindle
front: R Haldane, M Hunter, T James, F Hinds, D Parker

 

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.

Camp Locations:

  • Roberts Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Sandakan - Borneo ***
  • Lintang Officers Camp, Kuching - Sarawak
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