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AN APPRECIATION OF ONE OF BARMOUTH'S GALLANT YOUNG MEN. The above photograph 7ill be readily recognised by a very large circle of the friends and admirers of the quiet, un. assuming, but withal galhmt young Sergeant Arthur O'Neill. "Prince," as he is known among his friends, is a descended from a military race,—the son of a British officer, be has several brothers in the Army, one of wbom- the late Sergeant Wm. O'Neill -served in the same Regiment, and was killed in the firing line while fighting for his home and liberty in Flanders. The subject of our few remarks was born in 1893, and is thus but twenty-two years of age. He attended the Bar. mouth Council School until be was fourteen, at which age, following the bent of his inclinations, he proceeded to Wrexham, and In February 1907 joined the 1st Suffolk Regiment. For the. first four years of his mili- tary training he served in the Boys' Service, where, on account of bis steady, quiet disposition, and great love for athletics, be was a great favourite among his comrades. As an athlete, be was an all round performer—the favour- ite of the Gymnasium,—but he excelled and was the pride of bis Regiment at football and cricket. In addition to various and numerous prizes that be won at different military sports and competitions, he is the proud bolder of no less than twenty medals. It must not be thought, however, that the athletic exercises in which he freely indulged, deterred his progress in the honourable calling which he had adop- ted, for at the age of eighteen we find him appointed Lance-Corporal, while in September of the following yea\' he was promoted Corporal. Though young, be has seen service in Malta, where he was stationed for four years, and in Egypt (Alexandria and Cairo) where he served three years and nine months. When war was declared between our country and Germany, on August 4th, "Prince" was in detachment at Alex. andria, and started for England on the 8th September. After spending a few months in this country, during which time he paid a flying visit to his mother and sisters at Barmoutb, he crossed over to France on the 16th January, 1915, and on the 25th of the same month be came under fire for the firf-t time East of Ypres. The next three moftths of his career was one spell of continuous trench fighting, accompanied with all the horrors of war. Many stirringMncidents and hair-breadth escapes fell to his lot during this time, but partly owing to his retiring and modest nature, as well as his loyal observance of secrecy, he desires that none of these be made public. Our readers, however, will be glad to learn that owing to a daring and heroic deed accomplished by young Prince in the height of a hotly contested conflict, he was promoted Sergeant on the field of battle in March last. Subsequently we are very sorry to have to record tnat he was disabled, receiving as many as ten shrapnel wounds, I necessitating his confinement to hospital for a few weeks. Last week be bad sufficiently recovered to be allowed to visit home for a few days, and we are happy to state that he is rapidly recovering, and expects to take his place once again shortly by the side of the gailai t defenders of the Empire. We feel proud of the brilliant career of our young townsman, who is, and always has been a total abstainer, and a young man of the highest moral charr. ter, and we fervently wish him God f*'>eed, and a s'lfe return, when he and the rest of our gallant young men will have such a reception at onr bands, after peace is declared, as they will not soon forget.

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