Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1915, Lieutenant Samuel O’Neill, 1st/6th Battalion, the Lancashire Fusiliers, was killed in action at Gallipoli.
The son of a widowed Justice of the Peace (and Conservative Party Leader of the Middleton division), he was educated at Parkgate and Shrewsbury School, where he joined the Officer Training Corps. On leaving school he joined his father’s business, O’Neill & Sons, paper and tube manufacturers, and also enrolled in an engineering apprentice course. He joined the territorials in 1910, was promoted to lieutenant in January of 1914, and saw action in Egypt.
During his service at Gallipoli he received recognition for his actions on the 4th and 5th of June, and sadly was killed in action a few days later. A stained glass window in St. Martin’s Church in Castleton was dedicated in his honour, and his name graces the roll of honour of his father’s business.
Samuel, from Castleton in Lancashire, was 21 years old.