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S/2753   Private John McNeil
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Gordon Highlanders (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 19/12/1879
Died: 25/09/1915 (Killed in Action)
Age: 35
Summary      
John McNeil was the son of John and Isabella McNeil. He was born in Cookstown, County Tyrone in 1879. No record of the family living in the Cookstown area can be found in either the 1901 or 1911 census. John was living and working in Cambuslang, Glasgow, when he enlisted with the Gordon Highlanders. Private John McNeil was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Gordon Highlanders when he was killed in action on Saturday 25th September 1915.
Further Information
John McNeil was the son of John and Isabella McNeil. He was born in Cookstown, County Tyrone in 1879.
A search of GRONI records suggest that John was born on 19th December 1879. (GRONI Ref U/1880/99/1009/12/119). The record states that his mother’s maiden name was Henne.
Known family: John McNeil, Isabella McNeil, John McNeil (born 19th December 1879).
No record of the family living in the Cookstown area can be found in either the 1901 or 1911 census.
John McNeil was living and working in Cambuslang, Glasgow, Scotland, when he enlisted with the Gordon Highlanders.
Medal card
Private John McNeil was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Gordon Highlanders when he was killed in action on Saturday 25th September 1915.
Private John McNeil has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres in Belgium.
The Glasgow Evening Times Roll of Honour records that the newspaper dated 2nd October 1915.includes a report and portrait of Private John McNeil on page 3.
The Glasgow Roll of Honour records a Private John McNeil of the Gordon Highlanders who lived at 276 London Road Bridgeton.
Private John McNeil was listed on Cambuslang War Memorial in Glasgow.
‘According to William Stanley, Land and Fleet Services, South Lanarkshire Council, the Cambuslang memorial did have plaques which were inscribed with the names of the fallen. The plaques were vandalised, removed for refurbishment and lost, or they were stolen. This happened sometime in the early nineties. Thankfully details of the roll of honour were copied from the original plaques.‘
The CWGC record Private John McNeil as the son of John and Isabella McNeil of 560 Hamilton Road, Cambuslang, Glasgow.
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Relevant Cookstown Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Cookstown area Cookstown Central Born in Cookstown area 54.646837 -6.740849
References and Links
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1 Evening Times Roll of Honour (1915) Newspaper dated 2nd Oct 1915, page 3, report includes portrait
2 Forum Discussion (SMRG) Private John McNeil was listed on Cambuslang War Memorial
3 Glasgow Roll of Honour Lists a Private John McNeil at 276 London Road, Bridgeton
4 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
5 Soldiers Died in the Great War Details of Private John McNeil
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2020