Private James Joseph O'Neill


Unit : "C" Company, 1st Battalion The Border Regiment

Army No. : 3772654

Awards : Military Medal


At Arnhem on the 25th September 1944, C Company was ordered to evacuate its positions at 2300 hours. At 2200 hours the enemy mounted a very strong counter attack against this Company position, which was successfully repulsed. A few minutes before the evacuation was due to commence, a wounded man was seen lying near the enemy position. Private O'Neill immediately went out in an attempt to rescue him. Very heavy fire came down and Private O'Neill was pinned to the ground. Still determined, however, to rescue this wounded man, Private O'Neill again went forward and this time succeeded in reaching him. With complete disregard for his personal safety he carried the wounded man back to his company lines under very heavy mortar and Machine Gun fire. Private O'Neill's contempt for danger at a time when the situation was extremely grave was an inspiration to all those around him, his fearlessness and devotion to duty were of a very high order.


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