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George O'BRIEN

Regimental number1708
Place of birthClare, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStockman
AddressYorkshire Downs via Nelia, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation35
Height5' 6.75"
Weight115 lbs
Next of kinSister, Mrs Bertha Elliott, Gill Street, Charters Towers, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date24 January 1916
Place of enlistmentCharters Towers, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name47th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/64/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board SS Hawkes Bay on 20 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 3 April 1917
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Mary O'BRIEN
Discharge date9 November 1917
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria, Egypt, 6 June 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 16 June 1916.

Marched out of 12th Training Bn, Rollestone, 13 July 1916, and marched into Australian Army Service Corps Training Depot, Park Hill, the same day.

Proceeded overseas to France, 25 July 1916; marched into 1st Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 26 July 1916.

Proceeded to unit, 17 September 1916; taken on strength of 19th Australian Depot Unit of Supply, 18 September 1916.

Found guilty, 8 October 1916, of (1) improper reply to an NCO; (2) being in town with an out of date pass: award, forfeits 7 days' pay.

Transferred to 12th Bn approved, 24 December 1916; transferred to 12th Bn, 29 December 1916.

Marched into 1st Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 30 December 1916.

Proceeded to unit, 16 January 1917; taken on strength of 12th Bn, 17 January 1917.

Wounded in action, 26 February 1917; admitted to No 1 Australian Field Ambulance, 27 February 1917, and transferred to No 45 Casualty Clearing Station the same day (gunshot wound, left knee); to No 5 General Hospital, Rouen, 4 March 1917; to England, 12 March 1917; to King George Hospital, 14 March 1917; discharged to Hospital Ship, 3 July 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HS 'Karoola', 3 July 1917; disembarked Sydney, 29 August 1917; discharged Brisbane (medically unfit: gunshot wound left knee), 9 November 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death4 January 1931
Age at death50
Place of burialToowong Cemetery, Queensland
SourcesNAA: B2455, O'BRIEN George

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