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Pte. Francis Alexander O'Boyle

British Army 7th Btn. "B" Coy. Leinster Regiment

from:35 Fort Street, Springfield Road, Belfast

(d.12th July 1916)


Pte. John O'Boyle

British Army 12th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment

from:Middlesbrough, Yorks

(d.11th Apr 1918)

John O'Boyle was killed during the Battle of Lys.


James O'Brian

British Army 3rd Btn. Border Regiment

(d.2nd Sep 1914)

Boy soldier James O'Brian 10400 of the 3rd Btn Border Regiment who died on the 2nd September 1914 is buried at Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.


Pte. Alexander O'Brien

British Army 1st Btn. West Yorkshire Regiment


(d.12th Oct 1916)

Alexander O'Brien enlisted in 1914 at Jarrow in the 1st Battalion the West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales Own). He was killed in action on the 12th October 1916 and is remembered on the Palmer Cenotaph together with Thiepval Memorial His unit was part of the 6th Division so it is probable that he was killed during the Battle of Le Transloy (1st to 18th October 1916) in the latter stages of the First Somme Offensive.

Alexander was the younger son of John O'Brien (deceased) and Jane O'Brien of 148 William Street, Hebburn. In the 1911 census he was living at home with his widowed mother, his older brother John, his older sister Helena and her husband James McAtominey. Alexander was 21, single and worked as a Labourer in the shipbuilding Industry.


Sgt. Arthur O'Brien

British Army 8th Bn. C Coy. Royal Munster Fusiliers

from:Wexford, Ireland

(d.4th Sep 1916)

Arthur o'Brien died of wounds on the 4th of September 1916, aged 29 and is buried in the Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension in France.

Arthur left Wexford, Ireland to fight with the Royal Munster Fusiliers. He was wounded during the battle of the Somme and never returned to Ireland. He left behind a loving wife (Martha O'Brien) and three children - Catherine, Patrick & Thomas.


Pte. Christopher O'Brien

British Army 1st Btn. Leinster Regiment

from:Williamstown, Youghal, Co. Cork

(d.14th February 1915)

Christopher O'Brien was the son of Martin and Bridget O'Brien of Williamstown, Youghal, Co. Cork

He died aged 20 and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, Belgium.


Pte. Daniel O'Brien

British Army 2nd Battalion, A Coy. Royal Irish Rifles


(d.17th June 1915)

Daniel O'Brien was born in James's Street area of Dublin on 4th May 1892 to James O'Brien and Brigid Ford. From his service number he appears to have been in the regular Army before WW1 started. He died of wounds on 17th June 1915 and is buried in Bedford House Cemetery, Zillebeke, Belgium. He had a sister, Rosanna, who married Joseph Fitzpatrick.


Cpl. Hezekiah Gordon O'Brien

British Army 9th Btn. Welsh Regiment

from:Auckland, NZ

(d.23rd March 1918)

Hezekiah O'Brien was my great-great uncle. He was born in Auckland NZ and lived his early years employed as a bushman clearing the dense NZ forest into farmland. He removed at some point to New South Wales around 1914. His mother, Margaret Morgan O'Brien, emigrated to NZ in 1875 from Glamorgan, Wales, as did her future husband William O'Brien from Dublin, Ireland.

Hezekiah went to Wales at the outbreak of the war to take up mining and settled in his mother's home town. When war broke out he enlisted in the Welch regiment at Merthyr and rose to the rank of corporal.

He died of wounds on 23rd March 1918 at age 29, most likely inflicted during the Battle of Saint Quentin. He is buried in a marked grave in Mont Huon Military Cemetery at Le Treport in Normandy, France. A memorial headstone can also be found at the O'Brien family plot in Auckland next to his parents and siblings.


James O'Brien DCM, Belgian MM.

British Army 1/7th Btn. London Regiment

from:New Zealand


Pte. James O'Brien

British Army 1st Btn. Royal Scots

(d.16th Jan 1915)

Private James O'Brien 10589 served in the 1st Battalion Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment) and died on the 16th January 1915. His place of Birth is given as County Fermanagh and he was living in Glasgow prior to enlistment.


Pte. James O'Brien

British Army 9th Btn. Suffolk Regiment


(d.23rd March 1917)

James O'Brien was killed in action on the 23rd of March1917 and is buried in Bethune Town Cemetery in France. He resided at 40 Hargreaves Street, Colne.


Dvr. James Francis O'Brien

British Army 5th Reserve Brigade Royal Field Artillery


(d.16th Dec 1915)

James O'Brien was the Son of J. O'Brien, of William St., Cashel. He is buried north of the north tower in the Cashel (Rock of Cashel) Graveyard in Cashel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland.


SM James O'Brien

British Army 6th Btn. Leinster Regiment


(d.26th February 1917)

Serjeant Major O'Brien was the husband of Annie O'Brien, of Townley Hall Cottage, Drogheda.

He was 56 when he died and is buried South of South-West corner of ruin in the Clogher Old Graveyard, Co. Louth, Ireland.


Act/L/Sto. Jeremiah O'Brien

Royal Navy H.M.S. "Vivid II."

(d.26th March 1917)

Acting Leading Stoker O'Brien was 22 when he died and is buried Near the East side of the ruins in the Corkbeg Church of Ireland Graveyard, Co. Cork, Ireland.


John Joseph O'Brien

British Army Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regiment

from:Ardwick, Manchester

My father, John Joseph O'Brien, joined the British Army in 1914 in Manchester. He was in France, Malta, Gibraltar, North Africa, Mesapotamia and India. He was wounded in the War with shrapnel in his neck, head and back. He was found in the trenches and survived. He was also in a camp in Bacuba, Iraq, where he met my mother who was an Assyrian refugee. I had a sister who was born in Bagdad and was at the coronation of King Fezel. The British Government wanted my father to stay to help build the new rail road to India but he wanted to go back to England. He went back to England in 1918/19 then went to America in 1922 where he settled until his death in 1976.


Pte. John O'Brien

British Army 5th Btn. Royal Irish Fusiliers


(d.28th September 1914)

Private O'Brien is buried near the south-west corner of the Ballintra Cemetery in Co. Monaghan, Ireland.

He was the husband of Mary Moore, Patrick Street, Armagh.


Pte. Joseph O'Brien

British Army 6th Btn. South Lancashire Regiment

(d.5th April 1916)

Private Joseph O'Brien Reg.No.300, was my Granduncle and brother to my Grandfather, Private John O'Brien, who also fought in WW1. Joseph's family believed that he died and was buried in France, only discovering 3 years ago that he was killed in action in Mesopotamia(Iraq) and is buried there also. His name is commemorated on the Basra Memorial, Panel 23. Although Joseph had no children he will be remembered by his many relatives in Navan, Co. Meath, Ireland and in Philadelphia, U.S.A.


Pte. Michael O'Brien

British Army 2nd Btn. Irish Guards

from:Athy, Co. Wexford

(d.26th December 1917)

Private Michael O'Brien was 27 when he died. He is buried in the south-west part of the Athy (St. Michael's) Cemetery, Grave No. 3.


Cpl. Peter O'Brien

British Army 9th Btn. Welsh Fusiliers

from:6 Highland Place, Aberdare

(d.12th Apr 1918)


Pte. Thomas William O'Brien

British Army 1/7th Btn. London Regiment

from:Chelsea, London.

(d.7th Jun 1917)


Pe Thomas O'Brien

British Army 6th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment


(d.22nd Aug 1915)

Thomas O'Brien Private 11061 enlisted at South Shields in the 6th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. He died at Gallipoli on the 22nd August 1915 and is remembered on the Palmer Cenotaph, St. Paul's Church and Helles Memorial Panel in Gallipoli, Turkey.

He was born at Harton in 1884 and lived in Jarrow at 15 Milton Street with his wife Anne O'Brien nee Coulson. The 1911 census shows him living at that address with Anne, daughter Mary (9) and son Thomas (3). He was 28 years old and working as a labourer in the shipyard.


Pte. Thomas William O'Brien

British Army 2nd Battalion Border Regiment

from:Rawtenstall, Lancs

(d.26th Sep 1915)

Thomas O'Brien is remembered on the Loos Memorial to the Missing.


Lt. Thomas Augustine O'Brien

British Army Army Veterinary Corps

(d.6th Oct 1918)

Thomas O'Brien was buried in the Ajmer New Cemetery in India.


William O'Brien

British Army Dublin Fusiliers


William O'Brien was on the SS River Clyde in the 1915 Gallipoli Campaign. Of the 1100 Royal Dublin Fusiliers only 11 survived the Gallipoli Landings, William was one of the lucky few.


Pte. William James O'Brien

British Army 24th (The Queens) Battalion London Regiment

from:Fulham, London

(d.26th May 1915)

My Great Uncle Bill O'Brien fell at Flanders during the Great War in 1915. We have no idea where he is buried or if there is a memorial to him anywhere.


Pte. Benjamin O'Connell

British Army 1st Btn. Irish Guards

(d.8th Aug 1918)

Pte. B. O'Connell served with the Irish Guards 1st Battalion. He was executed for desertion on 8th August 1918 and is buried in the Bailleulmont Communal Cemetery in Pas-de-Calais, France.


Pte. Jeremiah O'Connell

British Army 9th Btn., att. 250th Tunnelling Coy., Royal Eng. East Surrey Regiment

(d.6th Oct 1916)

Jeremiah O'Connell served with the 9th Btn. East Surrey Regiment and was attached to the 250th Tunnelling Coy., Royal Engineers.


Pte. Christoper O'Connor

British Army 9th Btn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers


(d.5th Sept 1917)

Christopher O'Connor was killed in action on the the 5th of September 1917, he also served in the African campaign.


Cpl. F. O'Connor

Bermuda Volunteer Rifle Corps


(d.19th January 1918)

Corporal O'Connor was the son of Frederick and Susan O'Connor, of St. Davids Island, Bermuda; husband of Julia Louvinia O'Connor.

He was 64 when he died and is buried in the Chapel of Ease Churchyard in Bermuda.


Pte John O'Connor

British Army 1st Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers


(d.2nd Mar 1917)

John O'Connor born and living in Jarrow, enlisted in the 1st Battalion the Royal Dublin Fusiliers. At the time of the 1911 census he was living at 35 Princess Street, Jarrow with his wife Matilda May O'Connor (nee Johnson), daughters Ethel May (5), Dorothy ( 3 months)and son Andrew (1). He was employed as a ships plate riveter in the shipyard.

He died on the 2nd March 1917 (aged 40) and is remembered in St. Paul's Church and Grove Town Cemetery, Meaulte just south of Albert, France. It is difficult to know the exact circumstances of his death as Meaulte was the site of a large Casualty Clearing Centre for the Somme Battlefields. In September 1916, the 34th and 2nd/2nd London Casualty Clearing Stations were established at Meaulte, known to the troops as Grove Town, to deal with casualties from the Somme battlefields. They were moved in April 1917 and, except for a few burials in August and September 1918, the cemetery was closed.

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