Owen Michael BYRNES

BYRNES, Owen Michael

Service Numbers: 2444, N105679
Enlisted: 5 June 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 34th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bundarra, New South Wales, Australia, 26 June 1890
Home Town: Barraba, Tamworth Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Horse breaker
Memorials: Barraba Colonna Public School WW1 Honor Roll, Barraba Public School Great War Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

5 Jun 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2444, 34th Infantry Battalion
17 Oct 1916: Involvement Private, 2444, 34th Infantry Battalion
17 Oct 1916: Embarked Private, 2444, 34th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Borda, Sydney

World War 2 Service

15 Feb 1941: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, N105679

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Barraba Historical Museum

Pte Owen Michael Byrnes, brother of Bertie Byrnes & Ruby James and great uncle of the Byrnes and Barnes family here among others.

The photo loaned by Jon Byrnes was intended for posting for Anzac but postal delays intervened.
Owen (Doss) Byrnes was born 26th June 1890 at Bundarra.

Owen enlisted on 5/6/1916 and listed his occupation as Horse breaker and Buck Jumper.  Owen spent some time in the UK during WW1 being gassed and wounded at various times.

He survived to re-enlist for WW11 in Barraba which he spent in the desert as far as I know. 

Owen survived both WW1 & WW11 and was living at the Victoria Hotel when he died.

Shared and sourced from Brian Coote