FITZGERALD, Thomas Aloysius
(Service number 6/1843)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank|
|Date||11 June 1891||Place of Birth||Timaru|
|Date||6 January 1915||Age||23 yrs 7 mths|
|Address at Enlistment||Timaru|
|Occupation||Labourer (Timaru Harbour Bd)|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||William FITZGERALD (father), 3 Wellington Street, Timaru|
|Medical Information||Height 5 feet 11 inches. Complexion fair. Eyes grey. Hair brown.|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||4th Reinforcements|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Canterbury Infantry Battalion|
|Date||17 April 1915|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Canterbury Infantry Battalion|
|Service Medals||1914-15 Star; British War Medal; Victory 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||6 June 1916||Reason||Medically unfit for active service, although partially fit for employment in civil life.|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
8 August 1915 wounded in the foot; 12 August 1915 admitted to Hospital Ship, with gun shot wound to left foot and left arm. Disembarked at Alexandria and 17 August admitted No. 2 Australian General Hospital, Ghezirch, Cairo. 23 September transferred to N.Z. General Hospital at Cairo. 25 September 1915 invalided to N.Z.
|Date||26 June 1954||Age||60 yrs|
|Place of Death||Christchurch|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Timaru Cemetery|
|Memorial Reference||General Section, Row 99, Plot 495|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Son of William (Bill) & Mary Ann (nee MADDEN) FITZGERALD, Timaru. Thomas Aloysius was baptized Catholic on 28 June 1891 at Timaru. Brother Patrick Gregory FITZGERALD killed in action; brothers John Leo (wounded) & William also served WWI. Thomas probably played in the Celtic football team for the President's Trophy in the Seven-a-Side Tournament on 24 May 1907. One of the first to go to the Front. Invalided to New Zealand per Willochra on 21 September 1915, just five months after embarkation. Gave a total of 1 year and 151 days of service (197 days abroad, 320 days at home). Saw service in Egypt and the Balkans.
Cenotaph Database [21 June 2013]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5537 0040383) [17 April 2014]; TDC Headstone image Timaru Cemetery [06 August 2013]; Timaru Herald, 24 May 1907, 20 August 1915, 1 November 1915 (Papers Past) [03 April 2014; 06 May 2014]; Catholic Diocese of Christchurch - Baptism index V.1.2 (South Canterbury Branch NZSG Computer Resources) [27 April 2014]
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