O'BRIEN, William Edward
(Service number 6/1945)

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Date 22 March 1889 Place of Birth Adair, South Canterbury

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Fairlie, South Canterbury
Occupation Carpenter
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin M. J. O'BRIEN (brother), solicitor, Timaru
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 4th Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Infantry Battalion
Date 17 April 1915
Transport Willochra or Knight Templar or Waitomo
Embarked From Wellington Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

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Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

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Actions Prior to Capture
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Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 22 October 1955 Age 66 years
Place of Death Timaru
Notices Timaru Herald, 24 October 1955
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference Services section, Row 112, Plot 14
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William Edward O'Brien was a son of William and Mary O'Brien. His brother Richard Patrick O'Brien also served in World War One and was killed in an accident near Fairlie only a few months after discharge in 1919.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [19 December 2016]; Timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [19 December 2016]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [19 December 2016]; Timaru Herald, 24 October 1955 (Timaru District Library) [20 December 2016]

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