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49102   Rifleman Allston Neely
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 20/09/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade (New Zealand Army)
Date Of Birth: 15/04/1895
Died: 01/09/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 23
Allston Neely was the second youngest son of William James and Margaret Ann Neely. He was born in Kilrea on born 15th April 1895. He was one of 13 children. After he left school, he worked on his fatherís farm. Allston emigrated to New Zealand in 1914. Prior to enlisting he had worked as a carrier for W Guest. His last address states simply c/o W Guest, Pukekohe. Allston Neely enlisted in Pukekohe on 18th December 1916. Rifleman Neely was serving with the 1st Battalion of the 3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade when he was killed in action east of Bapaume in France on 1st September 1918.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Bancourt British Cemetery
  Bapaume, Pas de Calais, 4
Grave Ref: Grave I-G-15
CWGC Casualty 206150
Bancourt is a village which lies approximately 4 Kms due east of Bapaume on the north side of the D7, Bapaume to Bertincourt road. Bancourt British Cemetery is situated east of Bancourt village, 300 metres off the D7 on the north side. The CWGC direction signs on the D7 indicate the best approach to the cemetery.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Kilrea War Memorial - WW1 Kilrea
Local Insitute / Local Book Details

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1 Forgotten Heroes of Kilrea 1914-18 84
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Neely family 1901 census lists Allston as age 5 living with the family at house 30 in Moyagoney, Tamlaght, Londonderry
2 1910 Ulster Towns Directory Thomas A Lytle hardware and grocery
3 1911 Census lists Neely family 1911 census lists Allston as age 16 living with the family at house 11 in Moyagoney, Tamlaght, Londonderry
4 Archives New Zealand Military documents of Rifleman Allston Neely
5 Dolores Cross Project No picture of grave
6 Garvagh and Aghadowey 1914-1918 39124 Rfn John McCay Torrens, friend of Allston Neely
7 New Zealand Cenotaph Details of Rifleman Allston Neely including grave photo
8 NOK Address in Ireland Son of William James and Margret Ann Neely of Moyagney Upperlands County Londonderry Ireland
9 NZ War Graves Project Details of Rifleman Allston Neely including photos
10 Private John McCay Torrens Schoolboy friend of Allston who died in the same day in the same place.
11 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Rifleman Allston Neely's grave can be purchased here
Magherafelt District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2014-2023