Patrick O’Neill was the son of Edward and Sarah O’Neill. Patrick was born on 26th May 1882 in Coagh. The family lived in Coagh and his father was a stone mason. Patrick O’Neill spent seven years with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers before emigrating to America. Prior to enlisting, Patrick was living with his wife Fannie at 62 Essex Street, Andover, Massachusetts, U.S.A. He was working as a labourer. Patrick travelled to Canada and enlisted in Montreal on 3rd October 1917. On 26th August 1918, the Canadian Corps, including the 24th Battalion, recaptured the area. Private Patrick O’Neill was seriously wounded during the taking of Wancourt.
Wancourt is a village about 8 kilometers south-east of Arras and 2 kilometres south of the main road from Arras to Cambrai. The cemetery is a short distance south-east of the village just off the D35 road.