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Bernard James O'BRIEN

Regimental number4385
Place of birthCygnet, Tasmania
SchoolCygnet State School, Tasmania
Other trainingnil
ReligionChurch of England
AddressLeith Walk, Cygnet, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather, E O'Brien, Cygnet, Tasmania
Previous military serviceServed in Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date6 June 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll6 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 3 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 4 February 1917

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularDiary and all personal belongings were lost when 'Barunga' was torpedoed.
FateDied of wounds 29 March 1918
Place of death or woundingFonquevillers, Somme, France
Age at death27
Age at death from cemetery records27
Place of burialFonquevillers Military Cemetery (Plot III, Row E, Grave No. 20), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Edward Charles and Emma O'BRIEN, Cygnet, Tasmania

Military Medal

'Was conspicuous for his splendid courage on night of 1st/2nd February, 1917, in action north east of GUEUDECOURT. He was in charge of a party carrying bombs, ammunition and rations to captured enemy trench and had to pass through heavy enemy artillery barrages. He did five trips under this heavy fire and showed utter disregard for his own safety.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 133
Date: 21 August 1917

Family/military connectionsBrother-in-law: 1603 Sergeant L.H. Gures, died in England of illness contracted at Gallipoli, 4 April 1916. He also served in the Mounted Infantry during the Boer War.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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