Major/Lieutenant Colonel Redmond Barry Neil
Born. 1880, New Zealand.
Died. New Zealand
Redmond Barry Neil, as a teenager, not only served in the Boer War, but also on the North West Frontier in India.
By January 1913 R.B.Neil now a 33 year old Captain was on the reserve of officers, on the staff of the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers.
On the 5th June 1916, now a Major/Temporary Lieutenant Colonel, R.B.Neil took over the command of the “Leeds Pals” From Lt Colonel C.Dewhurst who had been wounded two days earlier.
On the 1st July Lt Colonel Neil lead the “Pals” into the battle of the Somme, and although wounded in the first minutes tried to press on, a second wound shortly after forced his return to the trenches from where he was taken to a Casualty clearing station behind the lines and eventually evacuated to Hospital in England, after a long stay in Hospital he was invalided out of the army in late 1916.
After the war he returned to New Zealand, where he died shortly before the Second World War.