1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth:
07/04/1943 (Killed in Action)
Fusilier Hugh O’Neill was born on 23rd January 1922 and was the son of Hugh & Bridget O’Neill, Chapel Street, Cookstown. He had worked as a message boy prior to enlisting with the Inniskillings on the 26th June1940 at Omagh. The 1st Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers were stationed in India prior to the outbreak of World War Two. On 7th / 8th April 1943 Hugh O’Neill was part of a patrol which engaged a Japanese force in Padana Chaung area, Burma. Fusilier O’Neill was killed in action during one of these engagements.
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.