- Place of Use Continent - North America, Country - Canada
- Category Communication artifacts
- Sub-category Personal symbol
- Department Arms and Technology
- Museum CWM
- Earliest 1918/01/31
- Latest 1920/12/31
- Inscription (obverse/avers): HE DIED FOR FREEDOM AND HONOUR CLIFFORD JAMES O'NEIL; E.C.P.; (reverse/verso): W
- Materials Bronze
- Service Component Canadian Expeditionary Force
- Unit 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion
- Person / Institution Subject, O'Neil, Private Clifford James
- Measurements Thickness 0.5 cm, Outside Diameter 12.0 cm
- Caption Medals Project- O'Neil, Clifford James
Clifford James O’Neil was born in Ottawa, Ontario, on 11 July 1897.
A teamster, O’Neil enlisted in the 38th Battalion in his hometown on 24 February 1915. He was killed in France on 18 November 1916 when his unit attacked Desire Trench during the Battle of the Somme. His body was lost.
The attack in which O’Neil was killed was launched as the first snows of winter fell on the Somme Valley. By the time it began, at 6:10 a.m., it was bitterly cold and the snow had turned to sleet, making visibility practically zero. After the attack, offensive operations came to a halt on the Somme.
Clifford James O’Neil is commemorated on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, on Vimy Ridge, in France.