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Denis Joseph O'BRIEN

Regimental number72
Date of birth17 May 1895
Place of birthDarlington, Sydney
SchoolChristian Brothers, Petersham
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationCordialmaker
Address48 Railway Street, Petersham, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinDenis O'Brien, 48 Railway Street, Petersham, New South Wales
Previous military service17th Signal Troop Army Engineers
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll19 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit nameDivisional Signal Company 1
AWM Embarkation Roll number22/11/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A10 Karroo on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Divisional Signal Company
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


'Valuable services and devotion to duty at Pozieres.'

Military Medal


'Excellent work from September 1916 to February 1917. Conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty as linesman and Non Commissioned Officer.'
Recommendation date: Unspecified

Meritorious Service Medal


Recommendation date: 10 October 1916

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', Second Supplement, No. 30107 (1 June 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169 (4 October 1917).
Recommendation date: 7 March 1917

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Recommendation date: 14 May 1917"

FateReturned to Australia 23 October 1918
Medals

Military Medal


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Family/military connectionsFather [?]: 4521 Corporal John O'BRIEN, 5th Field Butchery, returned to Australia, 28 March 1919.
Date of death12 May 1961
Age at death66
Place of burialFrenchs Forest Cemetery, Roman Catholic D/44

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