Rank or Title
Date of Birth
Date of Death
26 Oct 1914
War time / or Pre War occupation
Place of Birth
World War I Address
Place of Death
Soldier or Civilian
Pte Walter O'Brien, 10119, A Company, 2nd Battalion, Beds Regt, was killed in action at Ypres on October 26th, 1914. He was aged 20.
The eldest of (Edwin) James and Elizabeth O'Brien's six children, he belonged to a much-travelled family that lived at 65 Warwick Road, Luton, in 1914. His father was born in Newton Abbot, Devon, his mother came from Pembrokeshire and he was born at Stantonbury, Bucks, in 1894. His two brothers and three sisters were born variously in Worcester, Birmingham, Rugby, Leicester and Yiewsley, Middlesex.
Before the war, Walter was a foundry labourer at a water meter factory, probably Kent's.
His 18-year-old brother George was reported to have died on his ship, HMS St Vincent, in the North Sea, on November 15th, 1914. Youngest brother Frank was serving with the 5th Battalion, Beds Regt.
Walter is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres and, along with brother George, on the Luton Roll of Honour.