Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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18/12/2020 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 28th August 1943: Tyrone Soldier Wounded (Fusilier Francis O’Neill – brother of Fusilier Leonard O’Neill)
18/12/2020 Mrs H O’Neill, of Main Street, Stewartstown, has received information that her son, Fusilier Francis O’Neill, has been wounded.
18/09/2019 Fusilier Leonard O’Neill has no known grave and is commemorated on Rangoon Memorial in Burma.
18/09/2019 Leonard (Leo) O’Neill was the son of Harry J and Elizabeth O’Neill of Stewartstown.
18/09/2019 Leonard O’Neill was born on 18th July 1922.
18/09/2019 Prior to enlisting, Leonard had worked as a brick worker and labourer.
18/09/2019 Leonard O’Neill enlisted with the Inniskillings on 30th July 1940, shortly after his 18th birthday at Omagh, Co. Tyrone.
18/09/2019 It is believed Fusilier O’Neill 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.
18/09/2019 Fusilier Leo O’Neill is commemorated locally on Stewartstown War Memorial.
18/09/2019 The CWGC record Fusilier Leo O’Neill as the son of Harry J and Elizabeth O'Neill of Stewartstown, County Tyrone.
18/09/2019 From the Mid Ulster Mail, unknown date possibly in 1947:
18/09/2019 Submitted by his father, Harry O’Neill
18/09/2019 Fusilier Leo O’Neill was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in Burma when he was killed in this action on 7th January 1943, aged 20.
30/12/2015 'Oh, why was he taken, that one we loved so fair.
30/12/2015 But his memory, it is written in gold within our hearts'
30/12/2015 Hard was the blow that caused us to part,
30/12/2015 And the world had so many it could better spare.
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