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Frank Bertie FITZPATRICK

Regimental number1169
Place of birthRandwick, New South Wales
SchoolCleveland Street Public School, Sydney, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationClerk
Addressc/o Lindley Walker, Sussex Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinFather, Mr F Fitzpatrick, c/o Lindley Walker, Sussex Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date19 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentStaff Sergeant
Unit nameInfantry Brigade Train 4
AWM Embarkation Roll number25/97/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A39 Port Macquarie on 21 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Brigade Train
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: Divisional Train
Promotion date: 1 February 1916

FateKilled in Action 28 September 1916
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Date of death incorrectly recorded on Nominal Roll as 28 September 1917.
Age at death from cemetery records38
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 17), Belgium

The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.

The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.

The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.

Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
69
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in Rookwood Cemetery (Catholic Section E), Sydney, New South Wales. Parents: Francis (d. 12 April 1908, aged 62; bu. Rookwood) and Honora (d. 29 August 1906, aged 49; bu. Rookwood) FITZPATRICK. Native of Redfern, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked for Gallipoli, 12 April 1915.

Admitted to 1st Light Horse Field Ambulance, 2 October 1915 (debility); transferred to Gibraltar, 15 October 1915; embarked from Gibraltar to rejoin unit, 31 October 1915; rejoined unit at Gallipoli, 9 November 1915.

Appointed 2nd Lt, 1 February 1916. Taken on strength, 27th Company, Australian Army Service Corps, 4th Divisional Train, 1 March 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 2 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 11 June 1916. Promoted Lt, 18 July 1916. Transferred to 13th Bn, 7 September 1916.

Killed in action, Belgium, 28 September 1916. Statement by Lt R. Jones, Assistant Adjutant, 13th Bn: '[Lt F.B. Fitzpatrick] was killed by a piece of shell whilst in charge of a raid in the St. ELOI sector. He fell soon after passing the enemy front trench. His body was seen next day and two men went out to recover it, but did not succeed. The following day the body had been moved and it is believed that the enemy had buried him.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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