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Private: 2866a James Joseph O'BRIEN.

Born: 1896. Merriwa, New South Wales, Australia. Birth Cert:34137/1895.


Wife: . nee:

Died: 1970. Walgett, New South Wales, Australia. Death Cert:22373/1970.

Father: James Thomas O'Brien.

Mother: Catherine Cecily O'Brien. nee: Gleeson.


James Joseph O'Brien enlisted with the 3rd Pioneer Battalion on the 15th of August 1916 and left Sydney on board HMAT A24 "Benalla" on the 9th of November 1916 and disembarked at Devonport England on the 9th Janusry 1917 and proceeded overseas for France on the 30th Jujly 1917 and was Taken on in Strength with the 35th Battalion and given the prefix a after his service number. James was Wounded in Action on the 4th April 1918 and again on the 29th May 1918 where he was evacuated to England with a Shell Wound to Both Legs

20th June 1918

Informant; Private: 2866a James Joseph O'BRIEN- Private: 6933 Charles William Maurice RICKS was wounded in the early morning of April 4th but when we advanced the next day we recovered him and he was sent to hospital in France. He had not returned to the Regiment when I left on May 30th.


James returned to Australia on the 2nd March 1919 onboard the "Derbyshire"

James was a single 20 year old Grazier from "Tallwood Station" Walgett, N.S.W upon enlistment. James and Catherine O'Brien were married in 1891 at Merriwa, N.S.W Marriage Cert:5253/1891. and had 7 children. Ellen B O'Brien born 1892 at Merriwa, N.S.W. Birth Cert:22439/1892. Catherine Cecily O'Brien born 1893 at Merriwa, N.S.W. Birth Cert:22561/1893.James Joseph O'Brien born 1895 at Merriwa, N.S.W. Birth Cert:34137/1895. and died 1970 at Walgett, N.S.W. Death Cert:22373/1970. William B O'Brien born 1898 at Walgett, N.S.W. Birth Cert:16731/1898. Mary A O'Brien born 1900 at Walgett, N.S.W. Birth Cert:17449/1900. Margaret M O'Brien born 1902 at Walgett, N.S.W. Birth Cert:17424/1902. John K O'Brien born 1910 at Walgett, N.S.W. Birth Cert:44502/1910.

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