Peter Richard O'CONNOR

Regimental number647
Place of birthNarrabri New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationTram conductor
AddressMaitland Street, Narrabri, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs Catherine O'Connor, Maitland Street, Narrabri, New South Wales
Enlistment date26 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll26 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 12 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Work on 9 October 1917 at Passchendaele Ridge.'
Recommendation date: 14 October 1917

Mention in Corps Routine Orders

Recommendation date: 31 October 1917"

FateReturned to Australia 9 May 1918

Military Medal

'During the attack on 9th October, 1917, on PASSCHENDAELE RIDGE after the advancing troops had been held up by machine guns and rifle fire he wetn forward and captured 12 prisoners. Immediately afterwards he again went forward with an Officer of the 20th Battalion who was almost immediately killed, and he again succeeded in capturing 6 prisoners single handed. This man was No. 2 on a Lewis Gun and shortly after the second batch of prisoners had been taken to the rear the Corporal in charge of his gun ran out of ammunition. Private O'CONNOR remembered seeing several panniers of ammunition lying near a hedge which the Germans were holding. He went forward and brought back the panniers thereby rendering great assistance to his comrades. When he was returning with this ammunition he was wounded in the hand but refused to have it dressed until the ammunition had been handed to the Corporal in charge of the gun.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76
Date: 23 May 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal