FITZGERALD, Jack Thomson
(Service number 47542)

Aliases Jack THOMPSON. John Thompson FITZGERALD
First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 22 July 1874 Place of Birth London, England

Enlistment Information

Date 1 February 1917 Age 43 yrs 6 mths
Address at Enlistment Railway Hotel, Timaru
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin C. MORETON (friend), Enfield, Oamaru
Religion Salvation Army
Medical Information Height 5 feet 4 inches. Weight 153 lbs. Chest measurement 36-39 inches. Complexion dark. Eyes grey. Hair grey. Sight - right eye 6/6. left eye 6/9. Hearing andcolour vision both normal. Limbs and chest well formed. Heart and lungs normal. No illnesses. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated (left arm). Good bodily and menatal health. Some slight defects (not specified). No fits. Fit Class A.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation
Unit, Squadron, or Ship
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With C Company, 26th Reinforcements
Last Unit Served With

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Liberation Date


Date 7 March 1917 Reason Over age

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Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Jack Thomson FITZGERALD. Jack was the son of Richard (born in Scotland) and Jean (born in Ireland) FITZGERALD, both of whom were deceased by 1917. Jack (John Thompson Fitzgerald) was drawn in the second Military Service Ballot for the South Canterbury district in December 1916. On enlistment on 1 February 1917 at Timaru, he stated that he had been living in New Zealand for 22 years. A Medical Board was a ssembled at Trentham on 6 May 1917. In the Proceedins the Board wrote "This man states he was born in 1869 - is consequently 48 years old & over age." Consequent disabilities - "Unable to train(?)." How long is disability likely to be continued? - "Permanent." The Board recommended Discharge, stating "This man looks quite 48 years of age though as he was born in London he cannot produce evidence of same." Elsewhere Jack says that he was born in 1874. Yet at his medical examination he had been assessed as Fit Class A. On discharge he was noted as being of good character.


NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5537 0040332) [19 September 2014]; Timaru Herald, 15 December 1916 (Papers Past) [15 September 2014]

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