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O'Connor, Daniel Joseph

Daniel O'Connor (Service No 6852) was born in Gunnedah, N.S.W. around 1898. Daniel first enlisted at Picton, N.S.W. on 30th October 1915, but was discharged on 4th January 1916 due to...

O'Connor, James Donald

James O'Connor (Service No 359) was born in Sydney around 1891.James enlisted when he was 24 years old; he was single, lived at Helensburgh, N.S.W. and worked as a blacksmith.He embarked...

O'Leary, William Leslie

William O'Leary (Service No 6878) was born in Dapto, N.S.W.William enlisted in Wollongong using the name John Williams and stated his as 21.  In fact William was 18 years old and did not have...

O'Neill, William

William O Neill (Service No 6367) was born in Sydney around 1893.William was single, 23 years old, worked as a farm labourer and lived in Jamberoo, N.S.W. when he enlisted in the nearby town of Kiama...

O'Neill, John Joseph

John ONeill (Service No 4866) was born in Wollongong, N.S.W.When John enlisted at the age of 21 he was single and working as a carpenter.  John had previously 1 year in senior cadets and 3 years...

O'Neill, Roy James Moorcroft

Roy James Moorcroft O’Neill was the son of William John James and Emily Ann O’Neill.He enlisted as Roy O’Neill on 18 November 1915 at Liverpool Army Camp Casula NSW. He was 21 years and 1 month of...

O'Neill, Hughie

Hughie O'Neill (Service No 4587) was born in Wollongong, N.S.W. around 1891.At enlistment he was single, 26 years old, lived at Thirroul, N.S.W. and worked as a labourer.After...

O'Neill, Luke

Luke 'Neill (Service No 593) was born in Wollongong, N.S.W. around 1888.He enlisted at the age of 27 in Goondwindi, N.S.W.  Luke was single and worked as a labourer.He embarked from...

O'Neill, Henry Edward

Henry Edward O’Neill, born on May 10 1892 at Mt Keira to Edward O’Neill and Ann Staunton (nee), enlisted on August 29 1915. Prior to his enlistment, he worked as a driver. He joined the 17th...

Oberg, Edwin/Edward Thomas

Ted Oberg (Service No 7090) was born about 1885 in Bulli, NSW. He joined the army as a soldier straight from school. He spent 9 years with the Australian Garrison Artillery Instruction Staff but was...

OBrien, William Charles Joseph

William O'Brien (Service No 16248) was born in Unanderra, N.S.W.At enlistment, William was single, 23 years old, worked as an electrician, and lived at Randwick, N.S.W.  William's father who...

Oliver, Archibald Cecil

Archibald Oliver (Service No 2700) was born in Glasgow, Scotland, around 1888.  He had served 4 years and 6 months with 7th Scottish Rifles Territorials.When Archibald enlisted at Kiama, N....

Olsen, Christian

Christian Olsen (Service No 9199) was born in Borge, Norway and arrived in Australia on 16th June 1911. On 19th April 1915 Christian was naturalized and became an Australian citizen.At...

Olsen, Alfred

Alfred Olsen (Service No 526) was born in Newcastle but moved to Mount Kembla with his family and attended Mount Kembla school.He enlisted in West Maitland on 11 January, 1916 when he was 27...

Olsen, James Galbert

James Olsen (Service No 7093) was born in Mount Kembla in 1899 to Walter and Mary Olsen.After the Mount Kembla Mine Disaster of 1902, Walter and Mary moved the family to the Hunter region.James...

Olver, Charles Sedgwick

Lance Sergeant Charles Olver (Service no. 8092) was born in Victoria circa 1885. He became a clergyman and in 1909, while in Singleton NSW he married Mabel Leaver.They went on to have four children...

Onions, Reuben James

Reuben James Onions (Service No 6298), was born in Hednesford, England around July 1891, and arrived in Australia, around 1913. At enlistment, in Bulli, N.S.W., he was single, 25 years old, worked as...

Onions, Bert

Bert Onions (Service No 1967) was born in Hednesford, England around July 1894.At enlistment, he was single, 21 years old, worked as a miner and lived in Bellambi, N.S.W. Bert embarked on HMAT...

Oprey, Edward Hugh

Edward Hugh Oprey (Service No 1507), was born in Sydney, N.S.W.At enlistment, he was single, 21 years old and worked as a blacksmith.Edward embarked on HMAT A14 Euripides, with 6th Light Horse...

Organ, William

William Organ (Service No 320) was born in Sydney, N.S.W., in 1881.On 15th January 1908, he married Edith Reeves in Dapto, N.S.W., and when he enlisted they had 2 children, a third child was born...

Organ, John

John Organ (Service No 5191) was born in Wollongong, NSW.When he enlisted, John was single, 21 years old, worked as a miner and lived at Mount Keira, NSW; he had served 4 years in the Senior Cadets...

Orvad, John Peter

John Orvad (Service No 3008) was born in Appin, N.S.W. around 1897.When John enlisted at the age of 18 both his parents were deceased. At this time John was single and worked as a labourer in...

Orvad, James Jacob

James Orvad was born in Wollongong, N.S.W. around 1877 and attended Bulli Public School.  His family owned the Denmark Hotel at Bulli, N.S.W.James served 4 years in the Militia before...

Osborne, Thomas Ernest

Thomas Osborne (Service No 2696) was born around 1882 in Cardiff, near Orange, N.S.W.  In 1903 he married Florence McLean and they had 5 children together.Thomas enlisted...

Osborne, Thomas Erskine

Thomas Osborne (Service No 7164) was born in Wollongong, NSW and at the time of enlistment was a single 37 year old farm labourer from Unanderra. Thomas embarked on HMAT A38 Ulysses with 21st...

Osborne, Ernest William

Ernest Osborne (Service No 3287) enlisted when he was 22 years old. He was single, and worked as a miner. Henry Osborne, Ernest's father and next of kin, was living in Evans...

Osborne, Septimus Frank

Septimus Osborne was born in Kiama, N.S.W.Septimus Osborne had previously served on active service with NSW Lancers in South Africa during the Boer War.On 15th October, 1902 Septimus...

Ostrom, Alfred Harold

Alfred Ostrom was born at Lake Illawarra about 1893. He moved with his family to Tweed Heads and was working as a fisherman at the time of enlistment in Queensland. Alfred was 23 and single. He...

Owen, Robert Haylock

Lieutenant Colonel Robert Owen was born in Wollongong on 7th January, 1862 and was a career soldier. He enlisted in the Militia Artillery as a Lieutenant in 1885 and was sent to the Sudan as part of...

Owen, Percy Irvine Haylock

Lieutenant Percy Owen was born in Gibralter when his father Robert Owen was stationed there. He was educated in Wollongong and joined the AIF on the 13th October, 1915. He was a single 25 year old...

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