O’Brien, Hubert Denis (5063)
Place of Birth: Port Melbourne, VIC
Age: 29 years 10 months
Enlistment Details: Tuesday, 22 February 1916 – Melbourne, VIC
Service Number: 5063 view online service record
Next of Kin:
Mary Butler (mother-in-law)
Date: Monday, 3 July 1916
Ship: HMAT Ayrshire A33
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 21st Infantry Battalion – 13th Reinforcements
KIA: Sunday, 25 February 1917
Lance Corporal, 21 Infantry, killed in action 25 February, 1917, aged 30, commemorated Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France.
Mother-in-law: Mrs Mary BUTLER, born Port Melbourne. O’Brien enlisted as a 29-year-old wood worker, a widower with his mother-in-law in Alexandra as next of kin; she was also listed as guardian of his two daughters, Mary and Bertha. No known grave; eyewitnesses suggested he and others were buried after being killed by a high explosive shell, but not subsequently located. No circular returned.
Additional research by Brian Membrey