William Neil

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Perth
  • Service no: 7459
  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry
  • Unit/Ship: 2nd Battalion
  • Place of Death: France
  • Age at Death: 31
  • Date of Death: 17.05.1915
  • Burial Country: France
  • Cemetery: Le Touret Memorial
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 37 & 38

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Dundee
  • Address: 4 Baldovan Rd, Dundee
  • Occupation: Shunter, Caledonian Railway Station, Dundee
  • Mother:

    Susan Neil, 2 Kinnaird St, Dundee

  • Father:

    Thomas Neil

  • Siblings:

    Alexander Gibson Neil, George Harrison Neil, James Neil & Robert Neil

  • Spouse:

    Christine Japp, 4 Baldovan Rd, Dundee

  • Children:

More about William Neil

William has no known grave but is remembered on the Le Touret Memorial

3 of his brothers also fell, they were, Pte George Harrison Neil 2130, 2nd Battalion Black Watch, killed in action 25.09.1915, Sgt James Neil 7047, 2nd Battalion, Highland Light Infantry, killed in action, 15.05.1915 & Driver Robert Neil 18417, 69th Field Company, Royal Engineers, died 07.03.1919. His brother Alexander served as a Private with the 2nd Divisional Train, Canadian Army Service Corps, 135936, and returned home safely.

William Neil   7459   Highland Light Infantry

NEIL___Killed in action on the 17th May 1915, 7459 Sergeant William Neil, A Company, H.L.I., British Expeditionary Force, beloved husband of Christine Japp, and second son of Mrs S. Neil, 2 Kinnaird Street Dundee, aged 31.  

Sergeant William Neal is one of six sons whom Mrs Neil, 2 Kinnaird Street, has given to the colours, and the sad news of his death was conveyed to his wife at 4 Baldovan Road in an official intimation from the War Office yesterday.  He left for France on 5th August, and a pathetic circumstance is the fact that he was only married an hour or two before the hour of his departure.  He was a Reservist in the H.L.I., having seen 12 years’ service and at the outbreak of hostilities was employed as a shunter at the Caledonian Railway Station.  He was 31 years of age.

Dundee People’s Journal 12th June 1915

Information supplied by Gary Thomson, additional information kindly supplied by John Kennedy and Michael Caldwell

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