O'Neill, Edward

Constable 6512

At about 10.30 a.m. on Monday, 17th 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, 3rd May 1922, he died of septic meningitis caused by a compound fracture at the base of the skull.