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William Anthony O'Brien



  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Anthony AWMM
  • Surname
    O'Brien AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 22398 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    15 December 1920 AWMM TimaruCanterbury AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1940 AWMM 24 Matilda St., Timaru AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs. Norah O'Brien, 24 Matilda St., Timaru (mother) AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 1940 AWMM Single/WWII AWMM
    • 1945 AWMM Married/WWII AWMM
      Married Nancy Isabelle O'Brien (nee Stratford) in Temuka 1945. AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 22398 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 1940 2NZEF Nom. Roll 2, p.140 Porter/Civilian 2NZEF Nom. Roll 2, p.140
    TimaruCanterbury 2NZEF Nom. Roll 2, p.140
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Parents John and Norah O'Brien. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    20 December 1973 AWMM
    Age 53 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    O'Brien, William Anthony (late of Timaru and 43 Mathesons Road, Christchurch): On December 20, 1973 at Christchurch, dearly loved father of Dennis, Daryl, Adrian, Nigel, Sharyn and Janis, dearly loved father-in-law of Marylyn and Margaret and dealy loved granddad of Carl and Micheal, aged 53 years.

    His wife Nancy Isabelle O'Brien (nee Stratford) died 10 September 2014 (Timaru Herald 13 September 2014). AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 2 (Embarkations to 30th June, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
    p.140 AWMM

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