O'BRIEN James Harold
6/3817, Corporal, 2nd Battalion, Canterbury Regiment

CITATION
Distinguished Conduct Medal
Gazetted 16 August 1917
France, February 1917.  For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.  During an attack upon a village he was the first to enter it with ten men, capturing four machine-guns and seventy of the enemy.  He also showed the greatest courage in the capture of the final objective

Decoration Militaire (Belgium)
Gazetted 24 Septemebr 1917
Messines Offensive - 7th to 9th June 1917.  When his officer was wounded this NCO, with ten men, rushed forward and was the first to enter Messines where he captured 4 Machine Guns and from 60 to 70 Germans.  This NCO showed great bravery which was most conspicuous in the capture of our final objective.

AWARDS
Distinguished Conduct Medal
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Decoration Militaire (Belgium)

NOTES
Born 2 January 1895, Waimangatoa, NZ
Died 28 December 1976, Ngungurue, NZ
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