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Gerald Augustine O'CONNOR

Regimental number4991
Place of birthYarraville, Victoria
SchoolSt Ignatius School, Richmond, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationBlacksmith
Address654 Church Street, South Richmond, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 6.5"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinFather, Mr J O'Connor, 654 Church Street, South Richmond, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 4 years in the 56th Infantry (Yarra Borderers), Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date13 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll20 June 1915
Place of enlistmentBroadmeadows, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 21), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
170
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John O'CONNOR and Ellen O'MAHONY (formerly O'CONNOR). Native of Yarraville, Victoria
Family/military connectionsBrother: 3903 Pte Dominic O'CONNOR, 24th Bn, returned to Australia, 29 May 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 60th Bn, Duntroon Plateau, 20 April 1916.

Admitted to 34th Stationary Hospital, 9 June 1916 (influenza); discharged to duty, 13 June 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported Missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 4 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Note, Red Cross File No 2030707: 'No trace Germany. Cert. by Capt. Mills 10.10.19.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, O'CONNOR Gerald Augustine
Red Cross File No 2030707

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