John Thomas O'BRIEN

Badge Number: 92327

O'BRIEN, John Thomas

Service Number: 2212
Enlisted: 31 May 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Peterborough (Formerly Petersburg), South Australia, 24 September 1887
Home Town: Peterborough (Formerly Petersburg), South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Suicide, Port Lincoln, South Australia, 13 July 1920, aged 32 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Adelaide Treasurer and Chief Secretary Roll of Honour, Peterborough St Anacletus Catholic Church Honour Board WW1
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World War 1 Service

31 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2212, 27th Infantry Battalion
21 Sep 1915: Involvement Private, 2212, 27th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '15' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Star of England embarkation_ship_number: A15 public_note: ''
21 Sep 1915: Embarked Private, 2212, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Star of England, Adelaide

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

John Thomas O’Brien 

Older brother of Patrick Coleman O'Brien (died of wounds in France 30 July 1916) was born on 24 September 1887 at Peterborough. He enlisted at Keswick on 31 May 1915 at Keswick. He had been working as an orderly at the Port Lincoln Hospital.

Service no 2212. He fought at the Somme and was wounded several times, the most serious on 29 August 1918. He was admitted to Hospital in Rouen with a compound fracture of the upper third of his right femur. He was returned to Australia in 1919, discharged to his mother in Peterborough on 29 July 1919, assessed as being 50% disabled. He returned to work at the Port Lincoln Hospital but jumped from the Port Lincoln jetty in July 1920. The newspaper report at the time says in part ‘while abroad he suffered severely, from the effects of which he never fully recovered’

He was interred in the St Mary of the Angel cemetery in Port Lincoln in an unmarked grave. Suicide was a sin. More recently, a resident priest undertook to identify those in unmarked graves and he now has a headstone. - Great Niece