Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the Bridgnorth area who died during the two World Wars.
George was born in Broxton, Cheshire, in about 1895. He was the son of Martin O'Brien, a cowman, and his wife, Mary. They lived at Rossett, near Wrexham. George moved to Quatt after 1911. He worked at Dudmaston Hall.
George was killed in action on 10th August, 1916, at which time the 6th Battalion was in trenches opposite Serre in the Somme area. When the battalion had arrived in the trenches on 24th July it had found them "waist-deep with our dead, the stench was appalling" [Wood p. 178].
Corporal George O'Brien, 13147, was buried in Sucrerie Military Cemetery, Colincamps. He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals and the 1915 Star. His death was reported in the Bridgnorth Journal:
KILLED IN ACTION
[Bridgnorth Journal 9th September, 1916]
Corporal Geo. O’Brien, D Co., 6th K.S.L.I., once employed at Dudmaston Hall, Bridgnorth, is officially reported killed in action in France on August 10th.
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