Trooper John O'Brien

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Trooper John O'Brien.


Trooper John O'Brien was wounded on Gallipoli on the 9th of August 1915, and sent to England to recouperate. He arrived at Hornchurch hospital in London on September 4 that same year. John entered the NZ Mounted Rifles as a Farmer. He rose through the ranks, first being sent to the Records Office at base depot Hornchurch, then promoted to Corporal (December 15, 1915). On the 31st of January 1916 he became Acting Sergeant, then promoted to Staff Sergeant (June 1916) and Company Sergeant 2nd class at W.O. (4th of August 1916). His final promotion was May 30 1919 when he was made W.O. 1st-class and awarded the M.S.M. in "in recognition of valuable service rendered during the campaign" (London Gazette, Twelve Supplment).


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