Gerald Aloysius Neilan

DeRuvigny's Roll of Honour

1881 Jun 7. Gerald Neilan was born , the second son of John (of Ballygalda, Roscommon) and Eva (nee Kelly) Neilan of 4, Mount Harold Terrace, Leinster Road, Dublin. His father was a farmer and local Justice of the Peace and his mother was the daughter of the late John Kelly of Essex Lawn, Roscommon.

He was educated at Clongrowes Wood College, County Kildare.

1899 Oct 4. Enlisted in 2 Battalion Derbyshire Regiment (The Sherwood Foresters), service no 6358 Service Record available

1900 Feb 24. Sent to Malta

1901 Dec 14. Goes to South Africa. Awarded Queens South Africa medal with clasps for Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1902.

1902 Feb 12. Prisoner - Released on this date at Blesboklaagte (Official casualty roll location: Klip River)

Times Report

1902 Mar 6. Wounded Severely at Bushman's Kop (Official casualty roll location: Bushman's Kop)

1902 Sep 8. Sent to China

1903 Mar 2. Appointed L/Cpl

1904 Sep 10. Appointed Corporal

1904 Dec 7. Goes to Straits Settlements (Malaysia)

1907 Jan 30 Back to UK and as far as I can see from his record, this finishes his 8 years in the colours

1908 Jan 18. Gerald joined the Birmingham City Police on Saturday 18 January 1908, serving on the ‘D’ Division with warrant number 7675, and was appointed on Wednesday 27 January 1909.

1911 Oct 3. Leaves British Army on finishing his 4 years in the reserves.

1914 Dec 20 Gerald resigned from the Birmingham Police to rejoin the Army and was immediately given a commission being gazetted to the 24th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers

1914 Dec 17. Northumberland Fusiliers. The undermentioned temporary Second Lieutenants, from a Service Battalion, to be temporary Second Lieutenants. Gerald A. Neilan.

1916 Feb 4. Transferred to Royal Dublin Fusiliers

1916 Apr 24. Died from a sniper's bullet fired from the Mendicity Institute. He had been ordered to relieve Dublin Castle as part of 10th Royal Dublin involvement in the Easter Rising and he was shot as he crossed the Liffy.

1916 Jul 5. Probate granted to his brothr John Alexander in Durham

There is a memorial plaque on the interior wall of the sacred heart church in Roscommon town in memory of Gerald Neilan who was shot dead in Dublin during Easter week while serving with the British army.