Captain Stanley Thomas Arthur Neil
Killed In Action. 1st July 1916.
Stanley Thomas Arthur Neil, a civil engineer by profession was the resident waterworks engineer to the Leeds Corporation at the New Leighton Reservoir. The second son of Mr W.Neil, who was the assistant sewerage engineer for the Leeds Corporation.
In September 1914 he enlisted into the “rank and file” of the Leeds Pals Battalion, where he took a large share of the responsibility for the design and erection of the new camp at Colsterdale!
“The battalion was to take part of the camp at Breary Banks, Colsterdale in the September of 1914, a camp that was used for the navvies who were building the reservoir, but because of a mysterious fissure that had appeared in the reservoir the navvies were asked to move elsewhere?”
He was immediately given a commission into the “pals” as a Lieutenant and posted as second in command of 'A' Company under the command of Captain Phillip Horace Leyland Mellor
When the “Pals” had their Regimental Sports Day, held at the Battalion Parade ground on Wednesday 12th May 1915, he was made “Clerk of the Course” (because of his knowledge of the area, and his administration abilities)
In December of 1915, the same month the Leeds Pals left for Egypt, he was promoted to the rank of Captain.
He served with the “Pals” in Colsterdale, Egypt and France.
Given 7 days home leave in April 1915, he spent most of it visiting the homes and families of “Pals” that had been killed or wounded.
On the 3rd June 1915, after a month away from the “Pals”, (acting as an instructor, at the divisional school) he rejoined them on the day their adjutant, Captain Edward Karl Maur De-Pledge died of wounds. Because of his death S.T.A.Neil replaced him as adjutant of the Battalion.
On the 1st July 1916, he was to be killed in action, in the attack on Serre (The Battle of the Somme). Like so many of the “Pals”, his body was never to be found.
He is commemorated on the Thiepville Memorial.