Information about birth

Date of birth:
Place of birth:
Albany, Western Australia, Australia

General information

Station Hand - Farm Hand
Roman Catholic

Army information

Australian Imperial Force
Service number:
Enlistment date:
Enlistment place:
Albany, Western Australia, Australia
 —  Australian Infantry, 28th Bn. (Western Australia)  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
Westhoek, Zonnebeke, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Tyne Cot Cemetery
Plot: LI.
Row: D.
Grave: 5

Distinctions and medals 2

Points of interest 3

#1 Place of birth
#2 Enlistment place
#3 Place of death (approximate)

My story

Private Daniel Oreo was born in 1896 in Albany, Western Australia to Eladeris and Jane Oreo. He worked as a farmhand before serving in the army.
Daniel enlisted on the 26th of September 1916. He would serve with the 28th Australian Infantry Battalion (7th Australian Brigade, 2nd Australian Division). He would embark on the HMAT A34 Persic on the 29th of December 1916 from Fremantle, Western Australia.
The 28th Bn. A.I.F. would take part in the Battle of the Menin Road, a sub battle in the Battle of Passchendaele 1917. On the 20th of September 1917 the battalion was put in reserve at Canal Bank, while the 25th Bn A.I.F. attacked with the 27th Bn A.I.F. being in support. The 25th Bn A.I.F. crossed the swampy Hanebeek and moved on their first objective (Red Line) with the 27th Bn A.I.F. taking over the attack towards the Blue Line. The 27th Bn A.I.F. consolidated their objective. The 28th Bn A.I.F. were then tasked to attack and capture the Green Line with the 26th Bn A.I.F. in close support, which they did and then went on to consolidating and holding the line. It was noted that the attack went as planned. In the whole month of September 1917 the 28th Bn A.I.F. would suffer 53 dead (thus including Private Daniel Oreo), 211 wounded and 8 missing.
Pte. Danial Oreo was initially buried south of Westhoek (J.7.d.8.8.) close to the advance brigade headquarters and regimental aid post of the right brigade (J.7.d.9.9.). According to the Red Cross Wounded and Missing File Daniel was killed before going over the top. In the war diary is mentioned that on 23 September from ‘the field’ several effects of deceased members of the 28th Bn. A.I.F. were forwarded, including the wallet containing a religious medal form Pte. Oreo. He was one of the soldiers killed on 20 September and is now remembered in Tyne Cot Cemetery.

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