Diamond War Memorial Project

Private Hugh O’Neill

2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Regimental Number 4525
Born: ---- Died: 1916-09-12 Aged: 30 Enlisted: Londonderry.

Interred in Cambrin Churchyard Extension, Pas de Calais, France. Name commemorated on the Diamond War Memorial.

Husband of Mrs Ellen (Nellie) O’Neill, 2, Brandywell Road, Derry.

Towards the end of July 1916, Mrs Nellie O’Neill, 2, Brandywell Road, received intimation that her husband, Private Hugh O’Neill, had been wounded for the second time. At the time he had three brothers serving with the colours, and two of them had been previously wounded.
On the first anniversary of Private Hugh O’Neill’s death, his wife and children had the following lines placed in a Derry newspaper:

‘O! Immaculate Heart of Mary,
Your prayers on him extol;
Sacred Heart of Jesus,
Have mercy on his soul.
Father in your precious keeping,
We leave now our soldier daddy sleeping.’

On the second anniversary of the death of Private Hugh O’Neill, his wife and children had the following lines inserted in a Derry newspaper:

‘Dear husband, for you I grieve,
My loss is hard to bear,
But for the little ones you left behind
For your dear sake I’ll care.

The birds will come back to their nests, I know,
And the leaves will come back to the tree;
But my dear husband I lost two years ago
He will never come back to me.
The voice is now silent, the heart is now cold,
Whose smile and whose welcome oft met us of old;
We miss him and mourn him in silence unseen,
And dwell in the memory of days that have been.’