Thomas Haxton McNEILLY

Regimental number1709
Place of birthHamilton Scotland
Address104 Derby Street, Kew, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, Hugh McNeilly, 104 Derby Street, Kew, Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date17 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 16 July 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: "21 Ocotber 1918"

FateReturned to Australia 8 April 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'On the morning of 5th October, 1918, during the opertions near MONTBREHAIN, east of PERONNE, this N.C.O. fought his way forward with great gallantry. He and another N.C.O. went through the village alone, firing at the retreating enemy as they advanced. When the objective was reached he gathered his section together and established a strong Sniper's post. He then patrolled the front and the flanks and obtained communication with the neighbouring posts although the ground was continually swept by machine gun fire. Later in the day when the enemy, having reorganised, were attempting to counter attack, Corporal McNEILLY broke up their formation completely with the skilfully organised fire from his post. He personally accounted for seven or eight of the enemy.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 119
Date: 17 October 1919

Date of death6 January 1979