(Service number 6/1841)

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Date 16 March 1893 Place of Birth

Enlistment Information

Date 7 January 1915 Age 21 yrs 9 mths
Address at Enlistment 3 Wellington St, Timaru
Occupation Painter
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin W. FITZGERALD (father), 3 Wellington Street, Timaru
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Teeth in fair condition.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

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

Military Awards

Service Medals 1914-15 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

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Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


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.

Post-war Occupations


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

Biographical Notes

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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