Bernard James O'BRIEN MM


O'BRIEN, Bernard James

Service Number: 4385
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 15th Infantry Battalion
Born: Cygnet, Tas., date not yet discovered
Home Town: Cygnet, Huon Valley, Tasmania
Schooling: Cygnet State School
Occupation: Orchardist
Died: Died of wounds, France, 29 March 1918, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Foncquevillers Military Cemetery
III E 20, Foncquevillers Military Cemetery, Foncquevillers, Arras, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Port Cygnet Soldiers Memorial, Port Cygnet State School Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

29 Dec 1915: Involvement Private, SN 4385, 15th Infantry Battalion
29 Dec 1915: Embarked Private, SN 4385, 15th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Demosthenes, Melbourne
21 Aug 1917: Honoured Military Medal, Military Medal 'Was conspicuous for his splendid courage on night of 1st/2nd February, 1917, in action north east of GUEUDECOURT. He was in charge of a party carrying bombs, ammunition and rations to captured enemy trench and had to pass through heavy enemy artillery barrages. He did five trips under this heavy fire and showed utter disregard for his own safety.' Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 133 Date: 21 August 1917
29 Mar 1918: Involvement Sergeant, SN 4385, 15th Infantry Battalion

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