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Percival Clay NEILL [22061]
Gertrude Emmeline FYANS [22062]
(Cir 1845-1903)
Foster Fyans NEILL [30141]
Josephine Barton GILLINGHAM [30142]

Lyonel Clare Fyans NEILL [30145]


Family Links

1. Marjorie Eleanor HARPER [30146]

Lyonel Clare Fyans NEILL [30145]

  • Born: 14 Jun 1894, Dunedin New Zealand
  • Marriage (1): Marjorie Eleanor HARPER [30146] in 1915 in Brentford MDX
  • Died: 30 Oct 1917, at Sea aged 23
  • Buried: South Atlantic Ocean

bullet   Cause of his death was meningitis.


bullet  General Notes:

Lyonel Clare Fyans NEILL
66431 Air Mechanic 3rd Class, Royal Flying Corps
Embarked for UK c.1916
RFC 14 March 1917
Died at Sea aged 23 yrs on the 30th October 1917.
Embarked Osterley (t-ship) on 17 October 1917
Died 30 Oct 17 of meningitis at position 730S:120W.
He was buried at sea S. Atlantic.
On a Roll of Honour at RAF's Central Church of St Clement Danes, London.
He was born on 14 June 1894 in Dunedin, son of Foster & Beatrice Victoria Robinson NEILL (née JONES)
Educated at Waikouaiti School.
He married Marjorie Eleanor HARPER in England and was the father of two children, the last one was born about a fortnight after his father died.
The above info came from the book Volume Three - For Your Tomorrow by Errol W. Martyn, published in 2008

His death is registered in the Maritime Deaths Index in 1918 on the ship Osterley. Death cert. <Neill_death_cert0001.pdf>
Son of Foster Fyans & Beatrice Victoria Robinson Neill (née Jones)
Husband of Madge Neill (née Harper). Married in 1915 registered at Brentford, marriage cert. may well show unit he was part of.

Received the Victory medal, medal card <images/Neill_Lionel_medalcard.jpg>.
British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
Name: Lionel C F Neill
Regiment or Corps: British Red Cross Society & Order of St John of Jerusalem
British War and Victory Medals

In 2013 the Commonwealth War Graves Commission added his name to it's data base. His name is also remembered at The RAF Central Church, St Clement, Danes in London and on the Albury War Memorial <albury.htm>, South Canterbury, New Zealand and on the Fairlie War Memorial <fairlie_war_memorial.htm>. His name is listed on the Timaru Memorial War <images/WWIm-p.jpg> under O'Neill. That is an error that won't soon be fixed.

Much more data on:
In from the cold - Air Mechanic 3rd Class Lyonel Clare . . .


Lyonel married Marjorie Eleanor HARPER [30146] [MRIN: 10638] in 1915 in Brentford MDX.

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