James Gordon O’NEILL

Year of Birth:  1893

Place of Birth:  Cooktown, Queensland

Date of Enlistment:  27 January 1915

Date and Place of Embarkation:  16 April 1915, Brisbane, Queensland

Ship:  HMAT Kyarra A55

Rank:  Second Lieutenant

Unit(s):  9th Infantry Battalion, 47th Battalion, 48th Battalion

Regimental Number:  1994

Died:  8 August 1918


Courtesy of Ancestry.com


James Gordon O’Neill was born 21 August 1893 to James Henry O’Neill and Edith Williams. His father James had a previous marriage and had 3 children William (Willie) born 22 January 1886 in Cooktown, Anne Jane 28 October 1887, Lizzie Florence 22 June 1889. When his father’s first wife Elizabeth (Lizzie) Angelina died in 1890, he married Edith Williams on the 23 February 1892. In 1915 James Gordon was farming at Highleigh, Gordonvale. James Gordon’s step brother William enlisted on the 20 September 1915 and was killed in action on the 21 August 1916.

His father, James Henry died 11 November 1944 and his mother, Edith Williams died 1941.

At the time of his enlistment James Gordon was living in Cairns, he gave his age as 21 years 5 months and his occupation as a Farmer. His next of kin was his father James O’Neill of Gordonvale. His height was 5 feet 4 ½ inches, he weighed 126 pounds, with fair complexion, brown eyes and light brown hair. His religion was Church of England.

James Gordon O’Neill was killed in action on the first day for the Battle of Amiens on the morning of 8 August 1918 from bullet wound to the head.  He was buried at Heath Cemetery, Harbonnieres, France.


HMAT Kyarra A55 – photo courtesy of Australian War Memorial


Inventory of Effects. Courtesy NAA


Photo of Headstone courtesy of Australian War Graves


Online Resources

Queensland Birth, Death & Marriage Index

Photograph of the HMAT Kyarra: PB0516, Australian War Memorial

NAA: B2455, O’Neill, James Gordon, National Archives of Australia


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