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Thomas O'BRIEN

Regimental number3547
Place of birthChristchurch, New Zealand
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressPO, Perth, Western Australia
Age at embarkation32
Height5' 2.5"
Weight112 lbs
Next of kinMother, Susan O'Brien, Empire Hotel, Christchurch, New Zealand
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date31 January 1917
Place of enlistmentKalgoorlie, Western Australia
Unit name10th Light Horse Regiment, 31st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/15/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board RMS A73 Commonwealth on 9 November 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Light Horse Regiment
FateReturned to Australia 10 July 1919
Discharge date27 August 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 7/1501 Trooper Edward O'BRIEN, Canterbury Mounted Rifles Regiment, NZEF, died of disease, 10 March 1919.
Other details

NOTE: according to the Attestation Form, O'Brien embarked with the 10th Light Horse Regiment, 31st Reinforcements, on board HMAT A73 'Commonwealth'. However, on p. 22 of his service file (Form B103), it states he embarked from Fremantle on board HMAT 'Canberra', 24 November 1917.

Marched in to Reinforcements Camp, Moascar, 21 December 1917.

Marched out to Australian Provost Corps, 15 April 1918.

Admitted to No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, 24 July 1918 (malaria); diagnosis changed to bronchitis, 28 July 1918; discharged to Desert Mounted Corps Rest Camp, Port Said, 9 August 1918.

Marched in to 3rd Light Horse Training Regiment, Moascar, from Rest Camp, 21 August 1918.

Transferred to 10th Light Horse Regiment, 29 August 1918.

On leave, Egypt, 5 Febriary 1919; reported absent, 15 February 1919.

Found guilty, 26 February 1919, of when on Active Service being absent from 0800, 15 February, until apprehended by the Military Police at 0800, 25 February 1919: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited a total of 24 days' pay.

Admitted to Field Punishment Compound, Abbassia, 27 February 1919; discharged (conduct good), 11 March 1919.

Rejoined 10th Light Horse Regiment, 12 March 1919.

Wounded and remained at duty, Zagazig, 19 March 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Oxfordshire', 10 July 1919; disembarked Fremantle, 4 August 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Perth, 27 August 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

NOTE: service number incorrectly entered on RecordSearch as 2547.
SourcesNAA: B2455, O'BRIEN Thomas

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