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Edwin Rawlings FITTOCK

Regimental number3035
Place of birthIpswich, Queensland
SchoolIpswich Grammar School, Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressIpswich, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 7.5"
Weight146 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Lucy Beatrice Fittock, Moffatt Street, Ipswich, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed for 4 years, Senior Cadets (Area 10B); 6 months, No 2 Company Engineers, Citizen Military Forces; Active Service, Egypt and Gallipoli; discharged medically unfit.
Enlistment date13 December 1916
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name42nd Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/59/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 February 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll42nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 12 August 1918
Place of death or woundingProyart, near Peronne, France
Age at death22
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialHeath Cemetery (Plot X, Row B, Grave No. 13), Harbonnieres, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Edwin James and Lucy Beatrice FITTOCK, Airedale, York Street, East Ipswich, Queensland
Family/military connectionsBrother: 18864 Pte Arthur Edmund FITTOCK, 6th Light Horse Field Ambulance, returned to Australia, 5 March 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 7 February 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 11 April 1917, and marched in to AIF Details, Fovant.

Marched in to 11th Training Bn, Durrington, 27 April 1917.

Found guilty, Durrington, 19 July 1917, of neglecting to obey Standing Order No 719 para 3(J): dress: awarded 14 days' confined to barracks.

Proceeded overseas to France, 14 October 1917; taken on strength, 42nd Bn, in the field, 19 October 1917.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 25 October 1917.

Appointed Temporary Corporal, 12 January 1918; reverted to Lance Corporal, 14 March 1918; appointed Temporary Corporal, 27 May 1918.

Reported Missing in Action, 12 August 1918.

Now, 31 August 1918, confirmed as 'Killed in Action, 12 August 1918'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 1061008, 2828 Pte J. HUDSON, D Company, 42nd Bn (patient, 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, England), 10 October 1918: 'He was in D. Coy. and was a Cpl. at time of casualty, when I saw him killed in front of Villers-Bretonneux, when death was instantaneous, he being very badly knocked about on body by pieces of shell that landed close beside him. He was a rigfleman and in charge of Lewis Gun team. Casualty happened in the afternoon about 3-30, at which time we were in action.'

Second statement, 4001 Sergeant E.E,. STEVENS, Headquarters, 42nd Bn (patient, 3rd Australian General Hospital, Abbeville), 30 October 1918: 'I didn't see Cpl. Fittock killed, of D. XIV, by m.g. bullet through the neck on Proyart Ridge but he was a personal friend of mine and I made enquiries from the boys of his platoon, who told me that the last they saw of his body was in a shell hole as they advanced.'

Third statement, 722 Pte E.G. MORRIS, D Company, 42nd Bn, 10 February 1919: 'I saw him killed on the Somme in front of Hamel. He was killed by a shell, but his body was not found until the 24th August /18, and was buried near Corby in the Cemetery.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsFirst given name incorrectly recorded on Embarkation Roll as Edward. See 1944 for first period of service.
SourcesNAA: B2455, FITTOCK Edwin Rawlings
Red Cross File No 1061008

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