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Daniel O'BRIEN

Regimental number5164
Place of birthLissivine, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressBrookfield, via Warburton, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Height5' 11"
Weight156 lbs
Next of kinFather, Mr M. O'Brien, Lissivine, Kerry, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date1 February 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 1 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 21 December 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Michael and Annie O'BRIEN
Discharge date21 March 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 1 April 1916; disembarked Suez, 11 May 1916.

Transferred to 15th Training from 2nd Training Bn, 24 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 21 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 30 June 1916.

Proceeded to unit from 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 22 July 1916; taken on strength of 59th Bn, 23 July 1916.

Detached to 5th Australian Divisional Grenade School of Instruction, 17 September 1916; rejoined unit, 22 September 1916.

Detached to 5th Divisional Grenade School of Instruction, 28 September 1916; rejoined unit, 9 November 1916.

Promoted Lance Corporal, 13 November 1916.

Promoted Corporal, 18 January 1917.

Promoted Sergeant, 5 March 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 15 July 1917; rejoined unit, 12 August 1917.

Wounded in action, 26 September 1917; admitted to No 6 Australian Field Ambulance, 26 September 1917 (shrapnel wound, head); transferred to No 10 Casualty Clearing Station, 26 September 1917; to No 22 General Hospital, Camiers, 27 September 1917 (gunshot wound, head); to England, 22 November 1917; to Volunteer Aid Detachment High Beach Hospital, Kent, 22 November 1917 (shrapnel wound head, severe); to No 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 22 January 1918; discharged and marched into No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 25 January 1918.

Charged with, 7 March 1918, being absent from 2100 hours, 15 February 1918, until 2100 hours, 5 March 1918: case dismissed.

Marched into Overseas Training Bde, Longbridge Deverill, 11 March 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 28 March 1918; marched into Australian Intermediate Base Depot, Le Havre, 29 March 1918.

Proceeded to join unit, 6 April 1918; rejoined 59th Bn, 8 April 1918.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 23 June 1918; admitted to No 15 Australian Field Ambulance, 24 June 1918 (gunshot wound, left arm), and transferred to No 61 Casualty Clearing Station the same day; to No 14 Ambulance Train, 25 June 1918; to No 9 United States General Hospital, Rouen, 26 June 1918; to England, 28 June 1918; to Horton (County of London) War Hospital, Epsom, 29 June 1918 (gunshot wound, left arm; fractured ulna); to No 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 15 July 1918; discharged and marched into No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 5 August 1918.

Marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 9 September 1918.

Found guilty, 24 September 1918, of conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline in that he hesitated to obey any order given by his superior officer: award, severely reprimanded.

Marched into No 2 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 31 October 1918.

Found guilty, 1 November 1918, of being absent without leave from 1500 hours, 15 October 1918, until 1900 hours, 31 October 1918: award, dismissed.

Examination of wound by Medical Officer, No 2 Group, 2 November 1918, 'left wrist movements good. Except pain on pronation. Hand cold. No nerve injury'.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Mamari', 21 December 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 4 February 1918; discharged Melbourne (medically unfit: gunshot wound left wrist), 21 March 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death19 September 1923
Age at death38
Place of burialBrighton Cemetery, Victoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, O'BRIEN Daniel

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