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William O'Brien

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Portrait, William O'Brien - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, William O'Brien - This image may be subject to copyright

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    William AWMM
  • Surname
    O'Brien AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    45048 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    14 September 1919 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Pre 1 May 1941 AWMM 31 Dublin Street, Wanganui, New Zealand AWMM
    • Pre 1942 AWMM 31 Dublin Street, Wanganui, New Zealand AWMM
    • Pre 1944 AWMM 31 Dublin Street, Wanganui, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Margaret O'Brien (mother), 31 Dublin Street, Wanganui, New Zealand AWMM
    • Margaret O'Brien (mother), 31 Dublin Street, Wanganui, New Zealand AWMM
    • Margaret O'Brien (mother), 31 Dublin Street, Wanganui, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and 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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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • As a Territorial he was called up for service as an instructor in 1939 as he was under 21 years. Upon turning 21 in September 1940 he enlisted with 2NZEF and sailed to Fiji in 1941.

    O'Brien served in Fiji, Guadalcanal and Bougainville fighting Japanese forces from 1941-1945.

    Cenotaph record initially prepared with the serviceman in 2004.

    Son of Constable Patrick and Margaret O'Brien. Brother of Mary Parkinson (nee O'Brien), John Cornelius and David. (Death Notice, June 2014). AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    9 June 2014 Death Notice (June 2014)
    Age 94 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 4 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1941 to 30 June, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 4: WW2 266 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 9 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1942 to 31st December, 1942). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 9: WW2 298 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 14 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1944 to 31st December, 1944). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death Notice: 11 June 2014 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM

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