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William O'Brien

Rank: Private
Town/Village: Longford
Civil Parish: Templemichael
Catholic Parish: Templemichael
Alternative Address:
Census 1901:
Census 1911:
Regiment/Unit: Irish Guards, 2nd Battalion
Regiment Number: 7815
Date of Death: 15-09-1916
Cause: Killed in action, Battle of Flers-Courcelette (near Ginchy), Somme
Memorial: Thiepval Memorial, Thiepval, Somme, France

William was born in Co. Longford and enlisted in Dublin.

Pte O'Brien died during the Battle of the Somme, likely whilst serving with his battalion in the trenches, north-east of Ginchy, in an attack on the German line near Flers and trenches near Les Boeufs, as part of the Battle of Flers-Courchette. This began early on the morning of the 15 September, and is remembered as the day tank warfare was introduced.

O'Brien was one of 300 casualties from other ranks in his battalion from this day alone. His sister, Mrs. Margaret Kavanagh, was his next-of-kin.

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Link to CWGC entry; Excerpt from Rudyard Kipling's Irish Guards in the Great War

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