O'NEILL, William
(Service number 75845)

First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 31 January 1891 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date (1) 26 June 1916; (2) 30 October 1917 Age (1) 25 years; (2) 26 years 9 months
Address at Enlistment N.Z. Railways, New Plymouth
Occupation Railway fireman
Previous Military Experience Railway Engineers (serving); as at October 1017, previously in a NZ Expeditionary Force camp - 18th Reinforcements - unfit.
Marital Status Single. Then married. Married Gladys HAIGH on 18 March 1917 at New Plymouth. Children - Arthur Edward O'NEILL born on 25 March 1918? at New Plymouth; Joan Mary O'NEILL born on 16 April 1918 at New Plymouth.
Next of Kin Mrs M. O'NEILL (mother), 75 Town Belt, Roslyn, Dunedin; Mrs Gladys O'NEILL (wife), care of Mrs Haigh, Liardet Street, New Plymouth, Taranaki
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 5 feet 8¾ inches. weight 144 lbs. Chest measurement 32-36½ inches. Complexion medium. Eyes blue. Sight, hearing and colour vision all normal. Limbs well formed. Full and perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart and lungs normal. Free from hernia, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Varicocele - slight left. Good bodily and mental health. Slight left varicocele but not sufficient to cause rejection. No fits. No notifiction for consumption. Never under treatment in a sanatorium or mental institute. Never absent from work through accident or ill health.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 39th Reinforcements, B Company
Date 13 June 1918
Transport Athenic 
Embarked From Destination Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals British War Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date 18 October 1919 Reason Termination of his Period of Engagement.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 23 January 1947 Age 55 years
Place of Death Wellington
Memorial or Cemetery Karori Cemetery
Memorial Reference Soldiers Section, Plot 20 Q/3
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William O'NEILL was born on 31 January 1891 at Timaru, the son of Irish born parents, Edward O'NEILL and Mary née DUGGAN. William's brother Edward O'Neill also served in World War I.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [31 May 2016]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5549 0088649) [03 June 2016]; Timaru Herald, 10 October 1910, 11 October 1910 [x 2], 21 May 1914, Hawera & Normanby Star, 17 January 1918, Taranaki Daily News, 23 March 1918, 4 April 1918, New Zealand Herald, 22 February 1940 (Papers Past) [02 & 03 June 2014]; Karori Cemetery, Wellington, headstone image & burial record (Wellington City Council) [03 June 2016]

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