Wednesday 8 June 2011

Private Allan O'Brien

Born on 5 March 1894 or 1895 in Ottawa, Ontario - son of Charles and Julia O'Brien, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as laborer; single; no current or previous military service; Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 3.75 inches; chest of 34.5 inches fully expanded; medium complexion; grey eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 77th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 12 August 1915 (number 144704) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Bermuda on 6 December 1915 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 19 February 1916 - [returned to Canada] - joined the 5th Divisional Ammunition Column, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 11 January 1917 (number 2043008) - [then].

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force)

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