Name: Daniel Augustine O'Brien

 

Birth Date: 1891 Where: New South Wales
Died: unknown Where: unknown
Place of Enlistment: Brisbane, Queensland Age: 24
Serial Number: 2152 Battalion: 26th
Rank on Enlistment: Private Rank on Discharge/Death: Private

Awards: 1914 - 15 Star, British War Medal 1914 - 1920, Victory Medal,

 

Photograph O'Brien

Service Details:

 

 

21 June

1915                      Enlisted

2 November

1915                      Embarked Australia

10 January

1916                     Tel-el-Kebir

21 March

1916                      France

6/7 June

1916                      Trench Raid

29 July

1916                      Pozieres (Sausage Valley)

30 July

1916                      Wounded Pozieres

13 January

1917                      Rejoined unit

26 March

1917                      Wounded, Captured, Lagnicourt

April

1917                      POW, Limburg, Germany

11 November

1918                      Armistice

12 December

1918                      Repatriated to England

17 March

1919                      Returned to Australia

30 April

1919                      Discharged

 

 

 

 

Biographical Details:

Daniel O’Brien was the oldest child of John O’Brien and Mary Anne Johnston. Born in Brisbane in 1891 Daniel had a sister and two brothers. One brother, Robert, was Killed in Action in September, 1917.
When Daniel enlisted in the 4th Reinforcement of the 26th Battalion in June 1915, he gave his profession as Labourer and his father as Next of Kin.
After training in Egypt Daniel joined the 26th Battalion at Tel-El-Kebir, on its return from Gallipoli.
On the June 6/7th Trench Raid Daniel was part of the Covering Party under 2nd Lt Phillipps. He is thought to be No. 1 in the Black ANZACs’ group photograph.
 In July Daniel was wounded in an action at Pozieres and after treatment in England rejoined his Battalion in January 1917. Two months later, at Lagnicourt, Daniel was wounded again and consequently taken prisoner. A Red Cross investigator interviewed Pte Walters, a fellow Black ANZAC, also of the 26th Battalion. During the attack on Malt Trench Walters had seen Daniel lying wounded in the German Trench. It was later confirmed that Daniel had been interned at Gefangen Lager Minden, Westphalia, Germany. He was later transferred to Senne Lager. Daniel was one of nearly four thousand Australian soldiers captured by the Germans during WW1.
In December 1918, soon after Armistice, Daniel was repatriated to England. He was eventually returned to Australia and discharged in April 1919.
Nothing is known of Daniel’s post war life although he is thought to have died in 1957.
 
Australian POWs