7th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth:
21/03/1918 (Killed in Action)
Charles O’Neill was the eldest son of William and Mary O'Neill (nee McIlvenna). Charles was born on 4th August 1892 in the Moneymore area. The family lived in Ballymulligan, Loop, County Londonderry. His father was a ploughman. By 1911 Charles and his brother Thomas were working for William John Scott, a farmer. Charles O’Neill was serving with the 7th/8th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on Thursday 21st March 1918. He was 25 years old.
Pozieres is a village 6 kilometres north-east of the town of Albert. The Memorial encloses Pozieres British Cemetery which is a little south-west of the village on the north side of the main road, D929, from Albert to Pozieres. On the road frontage is an open arcade terminated by small buildings and broken in the middle by the entrance and gates. Along the sides and the back, stone tablets are fixed in the stone rubble walls bearing the names of the dead grouped under their Regiments. It should be added that, although the memorial stands in a cemetery of largely Australian graves, it does not bear any Australian names. The Australian soldiers who fell in France and whose graves are not known are commemorated on the National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux.