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John Cornelius O'BRIEN

Regimental number1672
Date of birth25 October 1885
Place of birthMailor's Flat, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressPolwarth Street, Colac, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs O'Brien, Polwarth Street, Colac, Victoria
Previous military service71st Infantry
Enlistment date8 December 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 19 February 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll1674
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Field Ambulance
FateKilled in Action 20 August 1917
Place of burialWesthof Farm Cemetery (Plot II, Row E, Grave No. II), Neuve-Eglise, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in Colac Cemetery, Victoria. PhotO: Ian Marr
Family/military connectionsBrother: 344 Pte William Patrick O'BRIEN, 24th Bn, killed in action, 16 September 1915; 2nd Lt James O'BRIEN, killed in action, 22 March 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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