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126191   Gunner Joseph Wylie Neill
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: Royal Field Artillery (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 26/06/1896
Died: 17/04/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 21
Joseph Neill was the eldest son of James and Hester Neill. He was born on 26th June 1896 in Cookstown. He was the first of five children, the other four being born in Clydebank, Scotland. By 1911, he was back living in Cookstown. He was a factory worker. Around 1914, he went back to to Clydebank to work in the shipyards. Joseph Neill enlisted in Clydebank in 1916 and was sent to France in July of that same year. Gunner Joseph Neill was serving with the A Battery of the 119th Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery when he was killed while having tea on 17th April 1918.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Le Grand Hasard Military Cemetery
  Morebecque, Nord, 4
Grave Ref: Grave 4-B-15
CWGC Casualty 68694
Morebecque is a small village in the Department of the Nord, 3 kilometres south-west of Hazebrouck. Leave the church in Morebecque and head north on the D916 towards Hazebrouck. After approximately 1 kilometre there is a Plant Nursery on the left hand side. Take the small road which goes through the nursery and the cemetery will be found on the right hand side in amongst farm land.
Local Memorial Details

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1 St Luran's Church, Church Street Cookstown
2 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - West Panel 1927 Cookstown
3 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - West Panel 2018 Cookstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 263
2 Oldtown National School
References and Links
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1 1911 Census lists Neill family 1911 census lists Joseph as age 15 at house 42 in Church Street, Cookstown
2 Photo of Gunner Joseph Wylie Neill's grave
3 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
4 Soldiers Died in the Great War Details of Gunner Joseph Wylie Neill
5 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Gunner Joseph Wylie Neill's grave can be purchased here
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023