L/Corporal William Clifford Mcneil
Born. Cudworth near Barnsley, Yorkshire.
When the war started William Clifford Mcneil and his brother Harold, both from Cudworth near Barnsley and working at the Farnley ironworks immediately volunteered, both were lodging with the Pickersgill family at 17, Pontefract Terrace, Old Farnley, Leeds.
William joined the Pals on 9/9/1914, a few weeks later his brother joined the 1/7th battalion of the West Yorkshire regiment (The Leeds Rifles) after training as a Platoon Bomber with A company William served alongside fellow Farnley “Pals” John Doughty, John Hill, Arthur Jackson and Willie Rudkin in Colsterdale, Egypt and France.
When the Pals attacked Serre on 1st of July 1916 William was severely wounded and evacuated to a military hospital in England, his brother Harold now attached to the 10th Battalion was also wounded on this day and evacuated to Sittingbourne, Kent.
Armley and Wortley News 14/7/1916:
“Harold McNeil, Leeds Rifles, a single man whose home is at Pontefract Terrace, Farnley is in hospital in Sittingbourne, His brother is also wounded”
William recovered after several months in Hospital and after returning to duty in France was transferred to the Royal Flying Corps, he remained with the air force until the war ended, returning to civilian life in 1919.
Harold like his brother recovered from his wounds and returned to France.
On the 28/3/1918, he was listed as missing, presumed killed in action.
Having no known grave, he is commemorated on the Arras memorial France, and the Farnley war memorial.