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John Wilfred O'BRIEN

Regimental number208
Place of birthNarrabri, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationBlacksmith
AddressNarrabri West, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height6' 4"
Weight180 lbs
Next of kinE. O'Brien, Narrabri West, New South Wales
Previous military serviceCitizen Forces
Enlistment date21 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll21 August 1914
Place of enlistmentRandwick. New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 13 August 1915
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thomas and Jane O'BRIEN
Discharge date8 January 1916
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 5 April 1915.

Promoted Lance Corporal, Lemnos, 8 April 1915.

Wounded in action, Gallipoli, 25 April 1915 (gunshot wound, right arm and left foot); admitted to No 17 General Hospital, Alexandria, 1 May 1915; transferred to No 15 General Hospital, 30 May 1915; to No 1 Australian General Hospital, Cairo, 27 July 1915; transferred to Convalescent Camp, Helouan, 29 July 1915.

Commenced return to Australia from Suez on board HT 'Themistocles', 15 August 1915; disembarked, 9 September 1915; discharged Sydney (medically unfit: battle wound leg and arm), 8 January 1916.

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

Death attributed to war service.
Date of death5 February 1935
Age at death40
Place of burialGladstone Cemetery, Queensland
SourcesNAA: B2455, O'BRIEN John Wilfred

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