Elder Harrah OBORN


OBORN, Elder Harrah

Service Number: 31596
Enlisted: 14 August 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Driver
Last Unit: 5th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Mount Barker, South Australia, 12 April 1894
Home Town: Mount Barker, Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Schooling: Mount Barker Public School
Occupation: Blacksmith
Died: Killed In Action, Belgium, 28 October 1917, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Belgian Battery Corner Cemetery
Plot II, Row E, Grave No. 4, Belgian Battery Corner Cemetery, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide South Australian Railways WW1 & WW2 Honour Boards, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Mount Barker Soldiers' Memorial Hospital Roll of Honor, Mount Barker War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

14 Aug 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 31596, Adelaide, South Australia
23 Dec 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 31596, 6th Field Artillery Brigade , Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
23 Dec 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 31596, 6th Field Artillery Brigade , RMS Orontes, Melbourne
28 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Driver, SN 31596, 5th Field Artillery Brigade , 2nd Passchendaele

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Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal.


Another of those unwelcome telegrams from the military authorities was received by the Rev. J. S. Thompson during the week, the message containing the sad news that Gunner Elder H. Oborn, another of Mount Barker's fine young soldiers, had been killed in action in France on October 28. The late Gunner Oborn, who was only 23 years of age, was the youngest and much loved son of Mr. and Mrs. D. Oborn, of Mount Barker, for whom and the other members of the family much sympathy is felt. Elder Oborn was a type of young man that Mount Barker can ill afford to lose. He was a fine athlete, and one of our best footballers, and highly esteemed by everyone in the community. The fact that he was also a model son and brother makes his loss the harder to bear for those who are left to mourn his death. He had developed into a splendid type of Australian soldier during the 12 months since his enlistment, having sailed for England on December 23, 1916. When his parents last heard from him, the late Gunner Oborn was still in England, and the fact that they were not aware that he was in the firing line added to the severe shock of the sudden news of his death. A brother of the deceased soldier, Signaller Anthony Oborn, sailed for England a fortnight ago." - from the Mount Barker Courier 23 Nov 1917 (nla.gov.au)