FITZGERALD, Richard Henderson
(Service number 39040)
|First Rank||Rifleman||Last Rank||Rifleman|
|Date||2 January 1894||Place of Birth||Winton|
|Date||7 October 1916||Age||22 yrs|
|Address at Enlistment||40 Grey Road, Timaru|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Mrs Ellen FITZGERALD (mother), 36 Dean Street, Christchurch (later at Frankton Junction)|
|Medical Information||Height 5 ft 7in. Weight 113 pounds. chest 31-34 inches. Eyes brown. Hair black. Complexion dark. Sight, hearing, colour vision, heart and lungs all normal. Limbs and chest well formed. Full movement of joints. Teeth sound. No illnesses. No slight defects. No fits.|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Rifle Brigade|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Reinforcements G Company|
|Date||13 February 1917|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Plymouth, England|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 3rd Battalion, 3rd|
|Service Medals||British War Medal; Victory Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
Twice wounded. Wounded 27 June 1917, France, gunshot wound to right hand. Wounded 13 October 1917, at Ypres, France, schrapnel right thigh, transferred to England and admitted to Walton-on-Thames Hospital on 7 November; 24 November transferred to the Military Hospital at Epsom.
|Date||2 April 1918||Age||24 yrs|
|Place of Death||R. B. Camp, Brieton(?), United Kingdom|
|Cause||Died of misadventure - accidentally suffocated whilst lying face downwards on a mattress whilst intoxicated.|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Cannock Chase War Cemetery, Staffordshire, England|
|Memorial Reference||4. A. 3.|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Youngest son of James & Ellen FITZGERALD, of Winton; mother Ellen later of Christchurch, later still of Frankton Junction, Hamilton. educated at Winton School and at Marist School, Invercargill. Brother Edward Alexander FITZGERALD also served in WWI & was wounded October 1917; brother William John FITZGERALD & another brother also served in WWI & were at the front in October 1917. Educated at Winton. At time of enlistment he was dispenser for a chemist in Timaru. After he was found dea on 3 April 1918. an inquest was held and returned the verdict of accidental death while intoxicated and being suffocated. Details of his state when found lying on the road outside the camp the night before his death are given in the Personnel Record. His medals were sent to his mother at Frankton Junction in 1921.
Cenotaph Database [12 December 2013]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5537 0040373) [04 April 2014]; CWGC [12 December 2013]; Timaru Herald, 5 November 1917, 9 April 1918, Press, 9 April 1918 (Papers Past) [23 October 2013, 13 December 2013].
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