Owen Bruce KIRBY


KIRBY, Owen Bruce

Service Numbers: 2093, Commissioned Officer
Enlisted: 19 October 1915
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 36th Infantry Battalion
Born: Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Burwood, Burwood, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed in Action, Villers Bretonneux, Picardie, France, 4 April 1918, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Commemorated on the Villers Bretonneux National Memorial to the (AIF) Missing of France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

19 Oct 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2093, 36th Infantry Battalion
24 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, SN 2093, 36th Infantry Battalion
24 Aug 1916: Embarked Private, SN 2093, 36th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Anchises, Sydney
4 Apr 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Commissioned Officer, 36th Infantry Battalion, Villers-Bretonneux

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Biography contributed by Steve Larkins

 Counter Attack in front of Villers Bretonneux

The 36th Battalion, in one long line, swept forward into a hail of small arms and machine gun fire.  Those on the right and centre suffered heavy casulaties; the men of the 7th Queens's Battalion also siffered badly.  In the southern company of the 36th Battalion, Lieutenant Kirby, a 25 year old clerk from Burwood in New South Wales was immediately killed, while Cpatain Tedder and Lieutenant Sydney Burrows (a 35 year old magistrate from Sydney) were wounded.


Australians on the Western Front 1918 Vol 1 David Cameron  2018 Penguin Random House Australia. ISBN 978 0 14378 8614  pp142