Saturday 11 June 2011

Private William O'Brien

Born on 3 May 1880 in Dublin, Ireland - nephew of Clare Walker, London, England - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as railway fireman; single; no current or previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 3.25 inches; chest of 35.5 inches fully expanded; ruddy complexion; blue eyes; black, slightly grey, hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Cornwall, Ontario, on 5 February 1915 (number 410646) - transferred to the 2nd Battalion, CEF, on 25 August 1915 - transferred to the Canadian Corps Infantry School on 14 August 1917.

(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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