Rank or Title
Date of Birth
30 Jul 1896
Date of Death
15 Nov 1914
War time / or Pre War occupation
Place of Birth
World War I Address
Place of Death
Soldier or Civilian
Seaman George O'Brien, J26306, HMS St Vincent, died on his ship in the North Sea on November 15th, 1914. He was aged 18.
The second 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 Worcester on July 30th, 1896. His two brothers and three sisters were born variously in Stantonbury (Bucks), Birmingham, Rugby, Leicester and Yiewsley, Middlesex.
Before the war, George was a foundry apprentice at a water meter factory, probably Kent's. He was engaged to Miss E. Holton.
His 20-year-old brother Walter was killed in action at Ypres on October 26th, 1914. Youngest brother Frank was serving with the 5th Battalion, Beds Regt.
George is commemorated, along with brother Walter, on the Luton Roll of Honour.