William Francis O'Brien

First Name: 
William
Middle Name: 
Francis
Last Name: 
O'Brien
Mother's Name: 
Ellen (nee McMahon)
Father's Name: 
Daniel O'Brien
Date Enlisted: 
Tuesday, September 19, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Sergeant
Unit: 
51st Battalion
Company: 
C
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Details: 

Sergeant William O'Brien (service no. 3186) was born in Mount Kembla circa 1894.

At the time of his enlistment he was living and working in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia as a labourer. He embarked on HMAT A35 Berrima on 23rd December, 1916 with 8th Reinforcements, 51st Battalion. William saw service on the Western Front until he was admitted to hospital on 12th October, 1917 with a gunshot wound to his right arm and shoulder. On 18th June, 1918 he was transferred to 4th Machine Gun Battalion and saw out the rest of the war with them.

He returned to Australia in June 1919 and was discharged from the AIF on 30th July, 1919. His enlistment papers note a change of next of kin from Mother to Wife Elizabeth Josephine but no date is given for this change.

James had a brother Brandon O'Brien who died at Gallipoli.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, O'BRIEN WILLIAM FRANCIS

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