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Thomas Joseph FITZGERALD

Regimental number2136
Place of birthRockhampton, Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressQueen Street, Mount Morgan, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 9"
Weight162 lbs
Next of kinFather, M Fitzgerald, Queen Street, Mount Morgan, Queensland
Enlistment date11 March 1915
Place of enlistmentHughenden, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A63 Karoola on 12 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 30 August 1915
Date of death30 August 1915
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 46), Gallipoli, Turkey

The Lone Pine Memorial, situated in the Lone Pine Cemetery at Anzac, is the main Australian Memorial on Gallipoli, and one of four memorials to men of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Designed by Sir John Burnet, the principal architect of the Gallipoli cemeteries, it is a thick tapering pylon 14.3 metres high on a square base 12.98 metres wide. It is constructed from limestone mined at Ilgardere in Turkey.

The Memorial commemorates the 3268 Australians and 456 New Zealanders who have no known grave and the 960 Australians and 252 New Zealanders who were buried at sea after evacuation through wounds or disease. The names of New Zealanders commemorated are inscribed on stone panels mounted on the south and north sides of the pylon, while those of the Australians are listed on a long wall of panels in front of the pylon and to either side. Names are arranged by unit and rank.

The Memorial stands over the centre of the Turkish trenches and tunnels which were the scene of heavy fighting during the August offensive. Most cemeteries on Gallipoli contain relatively few marked graves, and the majority of Australians killed on Gallipoli are commemorated here.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
75
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Brisbane, 12 June 1915.

Found guilty of being absent without leave in Freemantle from 3.30pm, 24 June 1915, to 2.00pm, 25 June 1915: fined 25/-.

Taken on strength, 15th Bn, Gallipoli, 2 August 1915.

Wounded in action, Gallipoli, 27 August 1915; admitted to 4th Field Ambulance, Gallipoli, 27 August 1915 (gun shot wound, shoulder and throat); to 16th Casualty Clearing Station, Gallipoli, 28 August 1915; to Hospital Ship "Formosa", 28 August 1915; died of wounds, Hospital Ship "Formosa", 3.45am, 30 August 1915; buried at sea by Chaplain Lieutenant S King, 30 August 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FITZGERALD Thomas Joseph

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