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Malcolm O'BRIEN

Regimental number3601
Place of birthBerriwillock Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationArtillery garrison
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs A O'Brien, 174 Nelson Road, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date8 December 1914
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 2, Reinforcement 2 and Reinforcement 3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A45 Hessen on 2 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


'Work at Naruroy on 2-2 October 1918.'
Recommendation date: "4 and 6 October 1918"

FateReturned to Australia 14 December 1918
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at Nauroy, near Bellicourt, on the night 2-3 October, 1918. His battery was subjected to heavy shell fire, and all his officers became casualties. He at once took charge of the situation, and controlled the men in such a way that the barrage that was being fired at the time was in no way interfered with. He acquainted headquarters of the position of affairs, and also sent word to the officer in charge of one of his batteries in the vicinity. Throughout he showed great coolness and ability.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 20
Date: 19 February 1920

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