FITZGERALD, John Leo
(Service number 6/1841)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank|
|Date||16 March 1893||Place of Birth|
|Date||7 January 1915||Age||21 yrs 9 mths|
|Address at Enlistment||3 Wellington St, Timaru|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||W. FITZGERALD (father), 3 Wellington Street, Timaru|
|Medical Information||Teeth in fair condition.|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||4th Reinforcements|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Canterbury Infantry Battalion|
|Date||17 April 1915|
|Transport||Willochra or Knight Templar or Waitomo|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With|
|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||5 February 1917||Reason|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
10 Sep 1915 admitted to Cottonera Hospital, Malta (dysentry). 8 Jul 1916 wounded in action at Armentieres & admitted to No. 1 N. Z. Field Ambulance; 10 Jul 1916 admitted to No. 2 London General Hospital, Chelsea; 20 Jul 1916 transferred to No. 2 General Hospital, Walton; 3 Aug 1916 trasferred to N. Z. Hospita; at Hornchurch. 5 Feb 1917 discharged, being no longer physically fit for War Services on account of wounds received in Action.
|Date||25 May 1964||Age||70 yrs|
|Place of Death|
|Cause||War service with the forces|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Timaru Cemetery|
|Memorial Reference||General Section, Row 60, Plot 1658|
|New Zealand Memorials||On Memorial wall, Timaru; Basilica of the Sacred Heart; Waimate First World War Memorial|
Son of William (Bill) & Mary Ann (nee MADDEN). FITZGERALD, Timaru; Baptized Catholic on 28 June 1893 at Timaru. Married Grace Evelyn; family - Anne, Marie, Jeanette, Gregory & Colleen. Brother Patrick Gregory FITZGERALD killed in action; brothers Thomas Aloysius & William also served WWI.John returned to timaru by the express on 11 January 1917 to a very hearty welcome by the Mayor and locals, having been invalided home. John possibly played in the Celtic A Juniors football team in the Seven-a-Side Tournament on 24 May 1907.
Cenotaph Database [26 Apr 2013]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5537 0040351) [28 July 2013]; TDC Headstone image Timaru Cemetery [5 August 2013]; Catholic Diocese of Christchurch - Baptism index V.1.2 (South Canterbury Branch NZSG Computer Resources) [27 April 2014]; Timaru Herald, 24 May 1907 (Papers Past) [06 May 2014]
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