Monthly Archives: November 2014

Arlington National Cemetery – LCDR ‘Jack’ Doherty, USN (Ret)

Yesterday, I had the privilege to attend the funeral at Arlington National Cemetery of my next door neighbour, Jack Doherty.

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery

Jack was born in Malden Massachusetts on 6 February 1924. He enlisted into the United States Navy in March 1942, aged 18, and served at sea throughout the Second World War. This was the first of three wars that he experienced first-hand; he also served in Korea and Vietnam. Continue reading

My Family at War – Part 2: Hammie Neill

5/4732 Sergeant Hamilton Neill

Sergeant Hammie Neill

Sergeant Hammie Neill

Hamilton Neill—known throughout his life as ‘Hammie’—was the younger brother of my great-grandfather William Neill. He served with The Royal Irish Rifles in the Militia, the Special Reserve, and the Regular Army for a little over 30 years and saw operational service during the South Africa War, the First World War, and the 1920 Iraqi revolt. The final six years of his service were spent in India attached to the 2nd Battalion, Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway Regiment. Continue reading