1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth:
07/01/1943 (Killed in Action)
Fusilier Leonard (Leo) O’Neill was born on 18th July 1922 and was the son of Harry J. & Elizabeth O’Neill, Stewartstown. He enlisted with the Inniskillings on 30th July 1940. He had previously worked as a brick worker / labourer. It is believed he died in an action near Donbaik, Burma when a patrol from D Company, 1st Inniskillings engaged a much stronger force of Japanese troops resulting in many casualties, some from sniper fire. Leo O’Neill was killed in this action on 7th January 1943, aged 20.
The Rangoon Memorial is situated in Taukkyan War Cemetery, which is about 35 kilometres north of Yangon (formerly Rangoon). The cemetery is on PY1 Road (formerly Prome Road), about 15 kilometres from the airport and can be easily seen from the road.