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Michael James O'BRIEN

Regimental number2443
Place of birthCounty Kerry, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationCarpenter and joiner
AddressBrisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 9.5"
Weight130 lbs
Next of kinFather, James O'Brien, 72 Boherbee, Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date2 March 1916
Place of enlistmentEnoggera, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Pioneer Battalion, Reinforcement 4
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/16/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A50 Itonus on 8 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Pioneer Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 9 May 1917
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Diana O'BRIEN. Plaque in Queensland Garden of Remembrance.
Discharge date8 August 1917
Other details

War service: England.

Embarked Brisbane, 8 August 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 18 October 1916.

Marched into Australian Details, No 3 Camp, Parkhouse, 3 November 1916.

Marched out of No 3 Camp to Pioneer Training Bn, Perham Downs, 9 November 1916.

Marched out No 4 Company, Pioneer Training Bn, to No 6 Company, 22 February 1917.

Classified C3 due to recurrent bronchitis, fibrosis, probably of tuberoulous origin and poor physique, 2 March 1917.

Marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 5 March 1917.

Marched out of No 2 Command Depot, 6 April 1917.

Commenced return to Australia from Devonport on board HT 'Themistocles', 9 May 1917; disembarked Sydney, 4 July 1917; discharged Brisbane (medically unfit), 8 August 1917.

Medal: British War Medal.
Date of death23 January 1927
Age at death35
Place of burialToowong Cemetery, Queensland
SourcesNAA: B2455, O'BRIEN Michael James

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