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From: Vincent and Suzanne MacNeil <>
Subject: [NS-CB-L] "South African Jack" Capt. John D. MacNeil
Date: Thu, 07 Nov 2002 08:15:06 -0500

Hello everyone,
This obit would be for John D. MacNeil son of Donald and Catherine
"Kate" (Donald Mor) MacKinnon MacNeil. See #255 All Call Iona Home. Has
anyone ever heard of him? Is anyone connected to him or have any
information on him? Vince

Capt. J. MacNeil Buried With Full Military Honors

Grand Narrows, July 29 - Full Military Honors were accorded the
late Capt.
John D. MacNeil, widely known resident, when he was laid at rest
morning following services at Christmas Island Catholic Church.
The lengthy cortege left deceased's late resident here in time for
the holding
of Solemn Requim Mass at nine o'clock at the Christmas Island Church.
J.J. Bryden, Mabou, was celebrant and was assisted by Capt. (Rev.)
MacPherson, military chaplain of Port Hood, as deacon; Rev. A.S.
MacKenzie, Bra
d' Or, as sub-deacon and Rev. N.A. MacKenzie of Alberta as master of
ceremonies. In the Santuary were, Rev. A.R. MacDonald of Christmas
Island and
Rev. D.J. Rankin, P.P., of Iona.
Following the services, burial took place at Christmas Island.
Members of the
firing party and the bugler who sounded the last post were from unit,
in the Northside district.
Pall bearers were Capt. C.W. Sutherland, William Airey and John T.
Smith of
North Sydney; Sgt. MacGregor, Sgt J. MacKinnon.
The military details in connection with the services were arranged
and carried
out under the direction of Major Archibald Caldwell of Sydney Mines.
The funeral was one of the largest seen in this district in some
years, with
hundreds of friends from throughout Cape Breton to pay their last
respects to
the late Capt. MacNeil.
A veteran of the South African war and the First World War and
known to a
host of friends as "South African Jack" Capt. MacNeil was a native of
Narrows and died in Hamilton Memorial Hospital last Sunday evening after

having entered hospital early this month to receive treatment for a
The deceased, in the First World War performed an act of bravery
that saw
him promoted from the rank of private to that of Captain on the field of
In that war he was wounded twice and later suffered the loss of his left
leg as a
result of those wounds.
Capt. MacNeil, one of the island's best known residents, is
survived by his
wife and one daughter. The daughter is Mrs. William Sweeney of New
C.B. Two brothers, Daniel MacNeil, Glace Bay and Hugh MacNeil, and one
sister, Mrs. Mary MacEachern, Sydney and one grandson, John Sweeney, New

Victoria, also survive.

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