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Frank Malcolm O'NEIL

Regimental number602
Place of birthJamestown South Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationWheelwright
AddressKintore Street, Mile End, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs J J 0'Neil, Kintore Street, Mile End, South Australia
Enlistment date7 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll5 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, E Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Hobart, Tasmania, on board Transport A2 Geelong on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'For gallantry and devotion to duty at Meteren on 23 April 1918.'
Recommendation date: 1 May 1918

FateReturned to Australia 4 November 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'For gallantry and devotion to duty at METEREN on 23rd April, 1918. Corporal O'NEIL led a section of bombers in an attack on the enemy's position. He personally bombed a machine gun which was causing causlaties, killing several of the crew and capturing the gun. He then led his men with great skill in a bombing attack down the trench and cleared same. Although wounded at the beginning of the attack he carried on and only led when ordered by his platoon commander. He set a fine example of courage and devotion to duty to his men. Wounded in back, not severe.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 1
Date: 2 January 1919

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