106849 Desmond Francis O’NEILL, MC, MiD, Royal Army Medical Corps attached 1 Irish Guards

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    Name O'Neill, Desmond Francis
    Rank: Captain
    Service No: P/106849
    Regiment: 1 Battalion Irish Guards, Royal Army Medical Corps attached
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: Italy
    Award: Military Cross
    Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 21 December 1944
    Date 1944-1945
    Catalogue reference WO 373/9

    24th Guards Brigade, 1st British Division, 6 American Corps
    P106849 War Substantive Captain Desmond Francis O'NEILL, ROYAL ARMY MEDICAL CORPS, attached 1st Battalion IRISH GUARDS

    Captain O'NEILL has been Medical Officer for this Battalion for over 4 years now. He has fought in NORWAY, TUNISIA and ITALY.

    In the first two campaigns he was wounded during the course of his duties. During the recent fighting the Medical Officer has shown the most magnificent personal gallantry, and completely unselfish devotion to duty. He has been almost permanently under heavy fire and has performed all his various medical duties with a a complete disregard for his own safety.

    He has gone out personally to get wounded men in on many occasions under the most dangerous conditions. He never wavered in his attention to the wounded despite the fact that the enemy were practically at the door of his Regimental Aid Post.

    During the whole of this time Captain O'NEILL showed the greatest skill and devotion to duty and the Battalion owes him a deep debt of gratitude for the many lives he saved.

    I strongly recommend that he be awarded the M.C.

    Signed C.A. Montagu-Douglas-Scott, Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding 1st Battalion IRISH GUARDS

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    Personal Number: 106849
    Rank: Captain
    Name: Desmond Francis O'NEILL
    Unit: Royal Army Medical Corps attached 1 Irish Guards

    London Gazette : 17 November 1939
    The undermentioned to be Lts.:—
    23rd Oct. 1939:—
    Desmond Francis O'NEILL, M.B. (106849).

    London Gazette : 23 September 1943
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve that the following be Mentioned in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North Africa.
    Royal Army Medical Corps.
    Capt. D. F. O'Neill, M.B. (106849)
    also in Journal RAMC https://jramc.bmj.com/content/jramc/81/4/13.full.pdf

    London Gazette : 21 December 1944
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy: —
    The Military Cross.
    Captain Desmond Francis O'Neill, M.B. (106849), Royal Army Medical Corps (London, S.W .3).
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