(Service number 7/1228)
|First Rank||Trooper||Last Rank||Lance Corporal|
|Date||4 November 1889||Place of Birth||Woodbury, South Canterbury, New Zealand|
|Date||17 April 1915||Age||25|
|Address at Enlistment||Woodbury, New Zealand|
|Previous Military Experience||Reserve 8th (South Canterbury) Mounted Rifles|
|Next of Kin||Mrs J. Fifield (Mother), Woodbury, Geraldine,New Zealand|
|Religion||Church Of England|
|Medical Information||Examiniation Passed. Fit For Service|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||6th Reinforcements|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Canterbury Mounted Rifles|
|Date||14 August 1915|
|Transport||Willochra Or Tofua|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Canterbury Mounted Rifles|
|Campaigns||Balkans (Gallipoli) 1915|
|Service Medals||1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
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|Where Captured and by Whom|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
Persistent Cough, Rest Camp 7/09/1917, 21/09/1917, 5/07/1918 Died from Influenza 20/12/1918
|Date||20 December 1918||Age||30|
|Place of Death||Gallipoli, Dardenelles|
|Cause||Died of Disease (Influenza)|
|Notices||Timaru Herald 30 December 1918|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Chanak Consular Cemetery, Turkey|
|New Zealand Memorials||On Memorial wall, Timaru; Geraldine Church Memorial; Geraldine War Memorial; Woodbury War Memorial|
Son of Sarah Ann Evans Fifield and Joseph Fifield of Woodbury, South Canterbury, New Zealand.
James Stuart Whyte, of Oamaru, who served with the Canterbuiry Mounted Rifles mentions Fifield in his detailed daily diary. He offers a glimpse of a moment of daily life when, on 7 February 1918 at Richon-Le-Sion, he noted "Had a bridge party in the evening. Sgt. Fifield & Cpl. Estcourt played Robbie & I. We played fair cobbers and they won three and scored 2880 points above us but nevertheless we had an enjoyable evening and the last play lasted till I went on piquet at 23.50".
D Jennings recounts: "Joseph Fifield served twice at Gallipoli during the 1915 campaign, and was one of 489 soldiers of the CMR [Canterbury Mounted Rifles] who returned to Gallipoli after the war to ensure the Turks complied with the terms of the peace agreement. Unfortunately, an outbreak of influenza killed 11 of our soldiers, one of whom was Joseph Fifield - the only one from South Canterbury." Jennings wrote a play about Gallipli and the men from Geraldine which was performed several times and was to be repeated in April 2015.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [27/08/2013]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5537 0039 808 [29 August 2013] CWGC [02 September 2013]; SCRoll submission (recieved via Carol Bell at the Timaru Herald), 11 March 2015; SCRoll web submission by A Polson-Genge, 25 May 2021
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