Neil John Sweeney

Name     Neil John Sweeney

Number    Private 3616

Battalion   57th Battalion

Place of Birth   Quambetook

Next of Kin   Charles Sweeney of Bridgewater upon Loddon

Date and place of enlistment  Bendigo 15/7/15

Physical details on enlistment  Age 24 years 4 months, 5’6 ½ “, 9 stone 6 pounds, blue eyes and brown hair.

Religion   Roman Catholic

Occupation   Farmer

Date and place of death

He was killed in action at Armentieres on 22/9/1916

Location of grave or memorial

He was buried in Rue-Du-Bois Military Cemetery  Fleurbaix, Bethune, Nord Pas de Calais

Relationship to Woorayl Shire

He had some connection to Meeniyan 

Military History

  • He is on the Meeniyan Honour Roll?
  • He attended St Patricks school Ballarat
  • he had been in the senior cadets
  • He was rejected at first because of defective teeth.
  • 15/7/15 He enlisted
  • 29/12/15 He embarked Melbourne on HMAT Demosthenes
  • He was originally in the 21st Battalion, then the 60th Battalion and then transferred to the 57th Battalion
  • 21/4/16 He was taken on strength to the 57th Battalion
  • 28/4/16 He was in hospital with influenza.
  • 15/5/16 He returned to his unit.
  • 17/6/16 He embarked Alexandria
  • 23/6/16 He disembarked Marseilles
  • 27/9/16 He was killed in action
  • His effects were a religious medal, money belt, 5 buttons, 3 badges and letters
  • His father received all his medals, his plaque and scroll.

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