FITZGERALD, Bernard Morris Roy
(Service number 3/148)
|Aliases||Roy Bernard Morris|
|First Rank||Corporal||Last Rank|
|Date||6 July 1893||Place of Birth||Lyttelton|
|Date||12 August 1914||Age||21 yrs|
|Address at Enlistment||Care of P. W. Hutton and Co., Timaru|
|Previous Military Experience||6th N. F. Ambulance, 12 September 1910 enrolled in Timaru Port Guards. 1 February 1911 transferred to 2nd (S.C.) Regt.. 1 June 1912 transferred to 6th Mounted Field Ambulance. Gave 3 years 335 days of continuous efficient service till 11 August 1914 when he enlisted for WWI|
|Next of Kin||Mrs N. C. FITZGERALD (mother), Temuka. Later Mrs N. C. CHAPMAN (remarried), of Princess St, Ashburton.|
|Medical Information||Height 5 feet 10 inches. Weight 153 lb. Chest 34-36 inches. Complexion fair. Eyes grey. Sight, hearing & colour vision good. Limbs & chest well formed. Full movement of joints. Heart normal. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, Haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. No defects. Scar on centre of each shin.|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||Main Body|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Ambulance|
|Date||16 October 1914|
|Transport||Star of India|
|Embarked From||Auckland||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With|
|Service Medals||1914-15 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal. New Zealand Territorial Service Medal.|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
|Date||4 July 1919||Reason||Termination of period of engagement.|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
29 March 1915 admitted to hospital - enteritis. 28 April 1915 admitted to M. F. A. Hospital - sprained ankle; discharged 30 April 1915. September 1915 admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital in Birmingham. Invalided from Gallipoli. 5 March 1917 admitted to Convalescent Depot Hornchurch; 9 March 1917 discharged to duty at N.Z.C.H. Hornchurch.
Soldier. Bookseller. Taxi driver.
|Date||15 May 1959||Age||65 yrs|
|Place of Death|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Mangere Cemetery|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Bernard Morris Roy FITZGERALD, known as Roy, was a son of Detective Garrett FITZGERALD (died 1914 at Timaru) and Mrs Nellie Caroline FITZGERALD (nee ROBERTS) of Temuka, later Mrs CHAPMAN of Ashburton. He was born at Denbigh House, Lyttelton on 6 July 1893 and baptized a Catholic on 30 July 1893 at Lyttelton. The family had come from Lyttelton to Timaru by 1900. Roy attended school in Timaru, with a brief time in February 1900 at Kaikora-Otane School in Hawkes Bay. Roy was a brother of John Garrett FITZGERALD, who also served in WWI and was gassed. His uncle, Corporal A. W. Roberts, also served in WWI and the South African War. Prior to enlistment Roy had already given 3 years 335 days of continuous efficient service in the ambulance service with the Timaru Port Guards and with the Mounted Field Ambuland. At the time of enlistment, just six months after his father's death, he was living and working in Timaru. Roy enrolled and passed the examination on 12 August 1914, in a very lively and busy Drill Shed; he was not one of those rejected because they were over age or under age, insufficiently developed, had no experience, or were over weight (the regulation weight was 12 stone). Roy was initially named in the infantry contingent. On 17 August 1914, however, as a member of the 6th Mounted Field Ambulance he left for the concentration camp at Christchurch, after a very enthusiastic send-off, being wished God speed and a safe return, and the playing of the National Anthem. Roy was also given a hearty send-off and presented with a set of military brushes by fellow employees and his employers of Messrs P. W. Hutton. While in Egypt Roy sent his mother a collection of Egyptian curios which she exhibited in her window at Temuka and which attracted a great deal of attention. He was invalided from Gallipoli. Later (1917) he was a gymnasium instructor at Hornchurch. On 24 August 1918 he embarked from Plymouth for N.Z. per 'Ionic'. In all Roy completed 4 years 8 months of service in the N.Z.E.F. He enlisted in the New Zealand Military Forces again on 7 July 1919 (Territorial Force?), while living in Christchurch, and was employed as a Soldier by the Defence Department. In 1919 he was serving with the Chalmers Military Orthopaedic Hospital (Home Service). Roy married Constance Marguerite MUSKER in 1926. Thereafter they lived in the North Island,
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