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Regimental number1798
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressMadden Avenue, Mildura, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Thomas O'Brien, Madden Avenue, Mildura, Victoria
Enlistment date17 December 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll21 December 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 29 March 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 25 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 9 March 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty near ASCENSION WOOD on 18th September 1918. As his company moved through the RED LINE he rushed well out in front and from a shell hole brought accurate fire on an enemy machine gun keeping it quite until the company was down the slope. In the bombing attack in the evening he was first bayonet man and moving well up ahead of his party did such excellent work with his bayonet that the enemy bombing party fled in panic. He personally accounted for five of the enemy with the bayonet and his rapid movement and drastic methods cleared the way appreciably for the party behind. His conduct had a most beneficial effect on his comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death20 July 1970

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