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John Kenneth O'Brien Regiment: Canadian Railway Troops Battalion: 2nd Battalion, Canadian Railway Troops Regimental Number: 167096 Rank: Corporal Date of Birth: 24 June 1881 Place of Birth: Halifax, N.S. Date of Enlistment: October 27, 1915 (December 16, 1915) Address at Enlistment: 28 Starr St., Halifax, N.S. Place of Enlistment: Halifax; Medical: Sidney Mines, N.S. Age at Enlistment: 34 Height: 5 feet, 6 inches Prior Military Experience: 63 Halifax Rifles; (6 years) Rank of Corporal Trade: Machinist Marital Status: Single Religion: Roman Catholic Next of Kin: (Father) Martin O’Brien, Halifax, N.S. John O’Brien enlisted at Sidney Mines, N.S. in 1915. He had been employed in the Engineers’ Department of the Dominion Atlantic Steamers and at the time of enlistment was second assistant engineer on the Boston and Yarmouth Steamship Prince George. On the news of his death the flags on the Steamer Prince George were at half mast in his honour. Died: July 13, 1916 Cemetery: Dickebusch New Military Cemetery, Belgium (Grave Reference: K. 31) Dickebusch New Military Cemetery, Belgium The New Military Cemetery was begun in February 1915 and was used until May 1917 by fighting units and field ambulances, with a few further burials taking place in March and April 1918. The Extension was used from May 1917 to January 1918. The New Military Cemetery contains 624 First World War burials, including 8 unidentified, the Extension contains 547 including 5 unidentified. Commemorated on Page 143 of the First World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on April Sources: Library and Archives Canada (Attestation Paper) Commonwealth War Grave Commission Commonwealth War Grave Commission (Cemetery Information) Canadian Great War Project Veterans Affairs Canada Additional Information: “A Monument Speaks” A Thurston; 1989 (p 268)
Corporal John Kenneth O'Brien
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