The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
Captain Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) attached 8th Battalion Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
Service No: 85632
Killed in Action 15 June 1944 near Lake Trosomine, Italy aged 24
Neil graduated from Sandhurst in 1937 and joined the Cameronians. While serving with the 8th Army in Italy he was killed in action by enemy artillery near Lake Trosamine. At the time he was serving attached to 8th Battallion Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders as part of 36 Infantry Brigade. He was leading his company up a lane when enemy shelling became intense; a round burst near him and he was killed outright. The men of his regiment buried him setting a plain wooden cross above his grave.
Neil was nominally 2 i/c of B company but on the day of his death the company commander was being rested and Neil had taken over command. His company commander described how the men were happy to serve under him as he had won their regard and admiration through his courage and calmness. His colonel described this as the best tribute any officer can have.
In the Argylls his name was written Neill, the west coast of Scotland spelling. The battalion padre described how all the officers grieved at his loss and acknowledged Neil’s courtesy, kindliness, ever-ready helpfulness and infectious cheerfulness, smile and characteristic love of life. In the officers’ mess he was known as ‘Regency Rake’ Neil is commemorated in plot 1, row F, grave No 13, Orvieto War Cemetery, Italy.
Neill was awarded the following medals: 1939-45 Star, Italy Star, and the War Medal 1939-45
Neill was the son of Alexander McCallum Webster and Kathleen Norah Webster from Findhorn. He left a widow, Jocelyn, living in Chelsea in London.