(Service number 10/1605)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||Private|
|Date||24 November 1888||Place of Birth||Doonkenane, Beaufort, Ireland. Or Killarney, Ireland|
|Date||20 December 1914||Age||26 yrs|
|Address at Enlistment||Boys' Training Farm, Levin|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Mrs Sarah O'NEILL (mother), Dunkinane, Beaufort, County Kerry, Ireland|
|Medical Information||Height 5 feet 10 inches. Weight 160 lbs. Chest measurement 34-38 inches. Complexion medium. Eyes blue. Hair brown. Sight, hearing, Colour vision, heart and lungs all normal. Limbs and chest well formed. Full movement of joints. Teeth - full denture. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily and mental health. No slight defects. Assessed as Fit.|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||3rd Reinforcements|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Wellington Infantry Battalion|
|Date||14 February 1915|
|Transport||Maunganui or Tahiti or Aparima|
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|Last Unit Served With||Wellington Infantry Battalion|
|Service Medals||1914-15 Star; British War Medals; Victory Medals|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
8 August 1915 wounded in action at the Dardanelles. 9 August 1915 admitted to Hospital Ship "Devonha", with gunshot wounds to the head. 19 August 1915 admitted to No 2 Australian General Hospital, with gunshot wounds to the forehead - dangerously ill (tetanus).
|Date||19 August 1915||Age||32 yrs|
|Place of Death||No 2 Australian General Hospital, Cairo|
|Cause||Died of wounds - gunshot wounds forehead, received in Action in the Dardanelles|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt|
|Memorial Reference||D. 44.|
|New Zealand Memorials||On Memorial wall, Timaru; Geraldine War Memorial; Rangitata Soldiers Memorial Hall|
Richard was born in 1888 in County kerry, Ireland, the son of John and Sarah O'NEILL, of Dromkerry, Faha, Beaufort, Co. Kerry, Ireland. He enlisted in the NZ Armed Forces on 20 December 1914 at Trentham. In the short form of will (in his Active Service pay-book) which he drafted on 30 April 1915, after embarkation, Richard gave to Mrs S. ONEILL the 5 shillings per day he received while in the Force, and to Miss Metcalfe of Rangitata he gave the 50 pounds he had in his Wanganui P.O.S.B. and his watch. All his medals were to go to his mother, Mrs Sarah O'NEILL, Ireland. In January 1916, The Director of Base Records was in communication with Richard's sister, Miss Sarah O'NEILL, of Muckross, Killayney, Co. Kerry, Ireland, he coveyed to her a transcript of Richard's will and also informed her that Richard's personal effects had been returned from Egypt and would be despatched to Ireland in about a fortnight's time. Richard is remembered on the Roll of Honour board in the Rangitata Soldiers' Memorial Hall. The new hall, said at the time to be one of the finest in South Canterbury, was opened and the board unveiled in January 1918. The top of the board is inscribed - "In memory of the Rangitata soldiers who fell in the Great War". What was Richard's association with this district? Perhaps Miss Metcalfe was his girl friend?
Cenotaph Database [08 October 2013]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5549 0088635) [18 October 2013]; CWGC [09 October 2013]; Ashburton Guardian, 18 August 1915, Otago Daily Times, 18 August 1915, imaru Herald, 19 January 1918 (Papers Past) [03 August 2014]
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