Austin James (Mick) O'CONNOR

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O'CONNOR, Austin James

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 26 July 1916
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 7th Infantry Battalion
Born: Albert Park, Victoria, 15 August 1891
Home Town: Albert Park, Port Phillip, Victoria
Schooling: St Francis School, Christian Brothers College South Melbourne & Melbourne University
Occupation: Commercial Traveller
Died: Died of wounds, Belgium, 24 September 1917, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
Plot 25, Row F, Grave 10
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

26 Jul 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Officer, 7th Infantry Battalion
11 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 7th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
11 Sep 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Officer, 7th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Melbourne
29 Jun 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 7th Infantry Battalion
20 Sep 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Officer, 7th Infantry Battalion, Menin Road, Shell wound (left side, arm and left leg)
24 Sep 1917: Involvement Lieutenant, 7th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Austin was born on 15th  August, 1891 in Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria as Austin Albert James O'CONNOR

His parents were James Austin O'CONNOR and Ann Andrew ESKDALE - his mother Ann died in 1902 aged 30 years

He had served for three & a half years with the Senior Cadets before he enlisted on 26th July, 1916 - he was then a 2nd Lieutenant with the 7th Infantry Battalion and embarked on 11th September, 1916 from Melbourne on HMAT Euripides with the 20th Reinforcements

He was promoted to Lieutenant on 29th June, 1917

Austin was wounded on 20th June, 1917 & transported to the 6th field ambulance station and wounded again on 20th September, 1917 in Polygon Wood with gunshot wounds to his left side, arm & left leg and died of his wounds at the 17th Casualty Clearing Station, Belgium

He is buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Plot 25, Row F, Grave 10

Austins name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial - he was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

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The Advocate Sat. 27th October, 1917

Lieutenant A. J. O'CONNOR

The sad news has been received by Mr. James O'Connor of 22 Page St. Albert Park and of Little Collins St. that his only son, Lieutenant Austin James O'Connor, died of wounds in France on Sept. 24th, 1917.  He enlisted for active service shortly after the war broke out, being attached to the 7th Battalion AIF.  The deceased officer was educated at St Francis School & the Christian Brothers College, Park St , South Melbourne.  At the time of enlistment he was in the employment of Messrs. Sargood Bros whre he was highly thought of

The young lieutentant was a good all round athlete and held the Sargood Bros. Championship for two years.  He won gold, silver & bronze medals in the Anzac sports held in France & these medals were received here by his father.  He was very popular with his men and brother officers and Mr. O'Connor & the deceased two sisters, Misses May & Eileen have received numberous expressions of regret at the severe loss they have sustained.  R.I.P

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The Age Newspaper , 24th Sept 1919

IN MEMORIAM - On Active Service

O'CONNOR - In sad and loving memory of our dear brother, Lieutenant Austin James O'Connor (Mick) 7th Battalion, died of wounds on 24th Sept 1917 received at Polygon Wood on the 20th, only son of James O'Connor and loving brother of May & Eileen,

REST IN PEACE

"No one knows the silent heartache - only those who can tell

who have lost their best and dearest - without a last farewell"

Inserted by his loving sisters, May & Eileen

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