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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.


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.


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. 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.


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.


Gnr. Peter O'Connor MM & Bar

Royal Field Artillery HQ Coy. 22nd Brigade


Peter O'Connor's service record is still being researched. I understand his awards were in connection with re-establishing damaged communications lines in 'no-man's-land'.


Pte. Thomas O'Connor

British Army 10th Btn. Highland Light Infantry


(d.14th Jul 1915)

Thomas O'Connor served with the 10th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry and was killed in action on 14th July 1915, aged 30. He is buried in the Lillers Communal Cemetery in France. He was the husband of Alice O'Connor, of 30, Wellwynd St., Airdrie.


Cpl. Sidney Arthur O'Dell

British Army 26th Btn. Royal Fusiliers

from:Walthamstow, London

My grandfather, Sidney A. O'Dell of Walthamstow, London, served in the Army Pay Corps during the first years of WW1. After war broke out in 1914 he tried to enlist into Kitchener's Army but was rejected on account of his flat feet, and the fact that he was a married man with a child. Instead he served in the Army Pay Corps for around two years.

Later in the war when they relaxed their standards he enlisted in the Royal Fusiliers 26th Battalion in early 1917 and went to France in July 1917 to take part in Passchendale. Later that year his Regiment was sent to North Italy to bolster the Italians against the Austrians, returning to France in February 1918. He was severely wounded in the leg in March 1918 resisting the German offensive and repatriated to England to recover but did not serve in France again.


Pte. Sidney Arthur O'Dell

British Army 26th Btn. Royal Fusiliers

from:Walthamstow, London, England

Sidney O'Dell was born in London in 1887, a printer by profession he married in April 1911 and had one daughter when WW1 broke out in September 1915. Initially he volunteered for Kitchener's army in 1915 but was rejected on account of his flat feet. He then served in the Army Pay Corp until mid to late 1916 when he was drafted to the 26th Royal Fusiliers after the Army relaxed their standards.

He first went to France in early 1917 as reinforcements and took part in the Battle of Passendale. In December 1917 he went to northern Italy with the battalion for strengthening the Italians against the Austrians. In early March 1918 he returned to the Western Front and was engaged against the German advance at Valux-Vraucourt. At around the 24th March he was seriously wounded in the leg and evacuated to England to recuperate in hospital in Liverpool. He never returned to France but served as a musketry instructor with the battalion for the remainder of the war. After the end of the war he returned to the Army Pay Corp to assist with demobilisation and returned to civilian life in 1919. In 1922 he and his wife and three daughters emigrated to New Zealand.


Sjt. F. O'Donnell

Army 2/8th Btn. Durham Light Infantry


L/Cpl. Frank O'Donnell

British Army 1st/2nd (East Lancs) Field Coy. Royal Engineers

from:Red Lion, 4 Caton Street, Hulme, Manchester

(d.4th June 1915 )

Frank first joined up on 12th July 1897: The Royal Lancaster Regiment.18 years and 9 months 5'7 1/4 weighting 120 lbs. He had red hair, a ruddy complexion, and a cross tattooed on his right forearm. He was in for 48 days and on the 28th August 1897 paid 10 to get himself discharged. He joined again 5 months later on the 24 January 1898. His record says that he was 19 years and 3 months, 5ft 7 3/4 tall, 130 lbs, with a fresh complexion, grey eyes and red hair. It also says he had slight knock knees!! Did he want to join up again when he heard the regiment was being posted overseas? On 21st January 1898 he was 'attested' and 'posted' on 1st June 1898. He was transferred to the 7th Dragoon Guards on the 18th October 1899 and was transferred to South Africa on 8th February 1899 to fight in the Boer War until 8th July 1900. He was discharged as medically unfit on 30th September 1900 at Woolwich. His medals were ----- Queens, clasp ?? At the time of his discharge he was stated to be 5'11 so he had grown 4 inches while serving in South Africa. He had his 3rd finger of his left hand amputated and his other fingers were useless. His conduct while with the colours was described as 'very good'. He was entitled to one good conduct medal. On 3rd May 1899 he got a 3rd class certificate of education and on the 29th June 1899 he got a 2nd class certificate of education.

Frank joined up 2nd September 1914 and served as a sapper in the 1st/2nd (East Lancs) Field Coy. Royal Engineers. On 10th September he embarked from Southampton for Egypt. On 5th May 1915 he embarked at Alexandria for the Dardanelles. Died 4 June at the Third Battle of Krithia 4 June 1915 Gallipoli. He was lance corporal when he died On 19th October 1916: 1 pocket book, letters and a certificate were in existence and returned to his widow Alice. Alice was awarded a pension of 23 shilling a week.

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