49895 Brian Arthur O'NEILL, 1 Irish Guards

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    Service Number 49895
    Died 14/05/1940
    1st Bn. Irish Guards
    Commemorated at BROOKWOOD 1939-1945 MEMORIAL
    Location: Surrey, United Kingdom
    Cemetery/memorial reference: Panel 8. Column 2.
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    Irish Guards Roll of Honour


    Name: O'NEILL, The Honourable Brian Arthur
    DOB: 31st March 1911
    Place of Birth: Astonbury, Hertfordshire
    Residence: 12 Queens Gate, London, S.W.7
    Parents: The Honourable Arthur Edward Bruce O'Neill and Lady Annabel O'Neill nee Crewe-Milnes
    Census: 1911, Astonbury, Stevenage, Hertfordshire
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    Brother: Casualty Details
    Lt Col Shane Edward Robert O'Neill (1907 - 1944) - Find A Grave Memorial
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    Royal Aero Club Aviators’ Certificate: 1937
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    Personal Number: 49895
    Rank: Captain
    Regiment/Battalion: Irish Guards, 1st Battalion
    As at 01/09/1939: Irish Guards

    London Gazette: https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/33685/page/675/data.pdf
    The undermentioned Gentlemen Cadets, from the Royal Military College, to be 2nd Lts. 29th Jan. 1931 :—
    Hon. Brian Arthur O'NEILL.
    The undermentioned 2nd Lts. to be Lts. 29th Jan. 1934. -
    I. Gds.-
    S. V . Gilkison.
    Hon. B. A. O'Neill.

    I . G'ds.—
    Lt. Hon. B. A. O'Neill to be Capt. 29th Jan. 1939.

    I. G'ds.—
    Lt. (now Capt.) Hon. B. A. O'Neill to be Adjt. vice Capt. T. W. Gimson. 21st Jan. 1939.

    Field Returns:
    Orbats: Orbats: Irish Guards

    CWGC Link: Casualty Details
    CWGC Certificate:
    Theatre of War: Norway
    Date of Death: 14/05/1940
    Age at Death: 29
    Casualty Type: Missing, Missing presumed Killed in Action, Killed in Action (Chrobry casualty)

    Cemetery / Memorial: BROOKWOOD 1939-1945 MEMORIAL
    Memorial Photo:
    Memorial Reference: Panel 8. Column 2.
    Panel Photo:
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    Panel List:
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    Army Casualty List (WO 417):
    49895 Captain The Hon O'Neill B A 1939-40 Irish Guards
    49895 Captain The Hon O'Neill B A 1939-40 Irish Guards
    49895 Captain The Hon O'Neill B A 1939-40 Irish Guards
    49895 Captain The Hon O'Neill B A 1939-40 Irish Guards
    The Times Casualty List:

    Campaign Medals:
    Medal Roll Details:

    War Diaries: War Diary: 1st Battalion IRISH GUARDS, September 1939 - July 1944
    Archive Files: WO 417
    WW2Talk: British aristocracy losses in WW2
    Publications: IG History, pgs 8, 10, 11, 35, 41, 43
    Accounts: Notes by Colonel Dowler & Brigadier Gubbins, Norway, April - May 1940
    War Memorial:

    The Times, June 4, 1940:
    "Captain the Hon. Brian O'Neill, Irish Guards, writes a correspondent, met his death under conditions that he would have chosen himself. He was deeply interested in science of soldiering, and active service under Colonel Faulkner - for whom his admiration was unbounded - was to him an enthralling and fascinating experience. His interest in whatever he was doing was one of his greatest charms. He enjoyed to the full such varieties of things as sailing, soldiering, reading, or listening to music, and loved to discuss them afterwards, but perhaps what his friends enjoyed most of all was his sense of humour.
    His death will leave a big gap in the lives of those who knew him well, but his memory will always be an encouragement and a help to those who survive him. All who can claim to have done so will be proud to have called him their friend."
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    The Times, 15th May, 1942
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    The Times, 15th May, 1944
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    Irish Guards: Roll of Honour - WWII Open Resource Group
    Capt Brian Arthur O'Neill (1911 - 1940) - Find A Grave Memorial
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    1940, Before Embarkation for Norway
    From left, facing, Captain BA O'NEILL, Lieutenant-Colonel WD FAULKNER, Major CLJ BOWEN, GRAYSON
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    Daily Mirror 22 May 1940
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    Ballymena Observer 24 May 1940
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