YEAR OF DEATH
DETAILS OF DEATH
About 10.30 a.m. Monday 17 April 1922 Constable O’Neill was riding across the water reserve at Nhill west of the Golflinks when his horse caught its left fetlock in a hole. The animal stumbled and threw O’Neill heavily to the ground at which time he was also struck in the head by a hoof. He was rendered unconscious by the force of the fall and was taken to a local hospital where he was operated on but he never recovered. On Wednesday 3 May 1922 he died of septic meningitis caused by a compound fracture at the base of the skull.