(Service number 17/56)
|First Rank||Trooper||Last Rank||Private|
|Date||19 July 1891||Place of Birth||Waimate|
|Date||21 October 1914||Age||23 yrs 2 mths|
|Address at Enlistment||Carlton House, Masterton|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||William FITZGERALD (brother), Augustine St, Waimate, South Canterbury. Also advise Miss Mary FITZGERALD (aunt), Waimate, Sth Canterbury|
|Medical Information||Height 5 feet 8 inches. Weight 158 lbs. Chest measurement 35-38 inches.|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||2nd Reinforcements|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Veterinary Corps|
|Date||14 December 1914|
|Transport||Verdala or Willochra or Knight of the Garter|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Otago Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion|
|Service Medals||1914-15 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal.|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
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|Where Captured and by Whom|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
January 1916, Cairo - acute conjunctivitis, admitted to N.Z. General Hospital, "Doing well"; February 1916 - corneal ulcer. 2 November 1916 admitted to 2nd Australia Casualty Clearing Station, then transferred to Base Depot. December 1916, Rouen - sick; discharged Ven Hospital.
|Date||12 October 1917||Age||26|
|Place of Death||Belgium (in the Field)|
|Cause||Killed in action|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Tyne Cot Memorial, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium|
|Memorial Reference||N. Z. Apse, Panel 3.|
|New Zealand Memorials||On Memorial wall, Timaru? Waimate War Memorial|
James FITZGERALD was born in 1891, a son of Irish-born parents John and Johannah FITZGERALD of Waimate, Timaru, and baptized Catholic on 6 September 1891 at Waimate. It appears that both his parents died in the 1890s. He was a brother of William FITZGERALD who also enlisted for WWI (54343). James would appear to be one of the Territorials in Waimate who made an appearance in the Waimate Court on 15 April 1913, in his case for failing to render personal service; he was fined 10 shillings. At the time of enlisting James was living in Masterton and working at Pongaroa. He was one of the men to enlist early for service, embarking on 14 December 1914 and disembarking in Egypt on 3 February 1915. At the time of enlisting he was living in Masterton and working at Pongaroa. He had a several spells in hospital, each time recovering and rejoining his battalion. He also incurred several punishments - he forfeited 5 days pay and experienced 14 days Detention for breaking out of Battacks at Abbassia on 15 June 1915 and remaining absent until apprehended in Alexandria on board H M T B Australasia on 17 June; on 6 September 1915 he was confined to barracks for 1 week, for insolence to N.C.O.; on 19 March 1916 he suffered 14 days of Field Punishmnet and lost 14 days of full pay for being drunk in billets at 2pm; and on 7 May 1917 he was awarded 7 days of Field Punishment for absence from billet at 11.15pm. His medals, plaque and scroll were authorised to go to his brother William FITZGERALD, who had an address in Rotorua in January 1921 but back in Waimate later in the year. His brother William was advised, in response to his letter of 18 January 1920, that no Gratuity in respect of a deceased soldier would be paid as there appeared to be no relatives or dependants of his late brother who came within the provisions of the Act.
Cenotaph Database [31 July 2013]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5537 0040333) [01 August 2013]; CWGC [31 July 2013]; Timaru Herald, 16 April 1913, 2 November 1917 (Papers Past) [20 September 2013; 21 September 2014]; Catholic Diocese of Christchurch - Baptism index V.1.2 (South Canterbury Branch NZSG Computer Resources) [27 April 2014]; NZ Electoral Rolls (ancestry.com.au) [August 2013]; NZ Birth Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [April 2014]
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