Patrick Joseph O'Brien, MC. R Munster Fus

1884 Mar 22. Born Dublin, Ireland (Queensland, Australia) at 66 Jervis St, Dublin. He was not, as he claimed, born in Australia. Son of Patrick O'Brien and Kath Mooney

1901 census at Marlborough St, Dublin

1902 Sep 10 Enlisted at Liverpool as 6027 Private 1st Btn Wiltshire Regiment. Next of kin: Father: Patrick O’Brien. Mother: Kate O’Brien. Sister: Sister Mary Veronica (Nun) Dominican Convent, Newcastle, Natal, South Africa

Home 10th Sep 1902 to 6th Feb 1903

South Africa 7th Feb 1903 to 21st May 1903

Promoted Lance Corporal 7th February 1903

Promoted Corporal 2nd Btn Wiltshire Regiment 1st October 1904

Home 22nd May 1903 to 24th Oct 1905

Promoted Sergeant 4th November 1908

India 25th Oct 1905 to 30th Oct 1909

South Africa 31st Oct 1909 to 9th Sep 1910

Home 10th Sep 1910 to 16th Sep 1910

Discharged to Army reserve 16th September 1910 with permission to reside in Australia

Resided in Brisbane, Australia from 16th March 1911 to 20th May 1915 as a Police Officer.

1913 Electoral Roll Patrick O'Brien, Police Constable Police Station, Neil St, Toowoomba.

1914 Oct 16. Discharged from Army Reserve as medically unfit for active service

1915 Jul 17 Arrives in UK from Brisbane. He is down as a soldier, en route to Ireland

1915 Jul 27.  Re-enlisted at Tipperary, Ireland as 24948 Private 7th Btn Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

1915 Jul 27. Promoted Acting Sergeant

1915 Dec 3. Appointed 2nd Lieutenant (Temporary). 7th Btn Royal Munster Fusiliers

1916 Apr 30. He was Prison Commandant in Richmond Barracks during the Easter Rising, and gave evidence at Jack Plunkett's trial that Plunkett was handed over to him on that date

1916 Jun 22 Landed in Macedonia.

1917 Aug 16. MC Citation "T./2nd Lt. Patrick Joseph O'Brien, R. Muns. Fus. For. conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty whilst in charge of a post. He was attacked by the enemy in overwhelming numbers, but maintained his position until nearly enveloped, then gradually withdrew his post, inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy"

1917 Oct 13. Severely wounded whilst instructing use of hand grenades. Granted leave until 13th March 1918 with a gratuity of £103.3.4 

1919 Nov 16. Embarked for Cyprus and on to Kantara

1920 Jan 8. Disembarked Kantara

1920 Jan 10. Joined for duty Kantara Egypt to look after P.O.W’s

1920 Mar 2.   Medical report states “He is suffering from the results of (i) Wound of right hand. In the case of 1st, 3rd and 4th fingers only the proxima 1 phalanges are left. In the case of the 2nd finger half of the middle phalange is also left. In the case of the thumb, the interphalangeal joint is stiff and the muscles of the thenar eminence are atrophied. There is a light gripping power in the hand. Wrist joint is freely moveable. (ii) Sear of wound on front of right chest between 7th and 8th ribs. Expansion and breath sounds normal. (iii) Superficial sear of wound of left upper  arm: trivial.”

1920 Feb 7. Joined for duty at segregation camp

1920 Aug 12. Relinquished Temporary Commission of Lieutenant

1920 Oct 28. Joined ADRIC with service no 911. Posted to H Coy

1921 Jun 25. Posted to Depot

1921 Oct 29 to 9 Dec. In Stevens Hospital. Followed by leave 11 Dec 1921 to 10 Jan 1922

1922 Jan 13. Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC

1922 Apr 26. Leaves UK for Australia. . P & O Ships register 27th April 1922 P J O’Brien Retired Army Officer returns to Brisbane aboard SS Beltana. He has been staying at George Hotel Kettering.

He returned to Queensland to work with the Queensland National Bank

1937. A Patrick Joseph OBrien living at the Imperial Hotel Townsville

1938 Apr 28. He appears in the Townsville Daily Bulletin 38 where he was a witness to a hotel fire in Townsville. Patrick Joseph O'Brien, retired military officer, stated that prior to and up to March 29 he resided at the the Imperial Hotel occupying no 3 room overlooking King Street ...

1943 Residing in Crown Hotel

1955 A death of a person with that name ref # C2829 , aged 71 b Ireland. in Queensland

2013 Jun. His medals are sold in Adelaide South Aus for £750


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