Michael Joseph FITZGERALD

Regimental number3550
Place of birthBeltana South Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressBroken Hill, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth Fitzgerald, William Lane off Zebina Street, Broken Hill, New South Wales
Enlistment date18 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 12 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 10 June 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He took command of his section when the commander was severely wounded early in the attack, and led it with conspicuous success. He was on the outer flank of his unit, and kept in touch with the other battalion whole clearing the resistance offered by enemy posts. On reaching the objective he captured an enemy machine gun which he set up and used against the enemy. He was wounded during the consolidation, but carried on till the end of the day, when he was ordered back to the R.A.P. His initiative and powers of leadership were remarkable, and he displayed fine courage under fire and great endurance.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

Date of death15 July 1961
Place of burialWilliamstown Cemetery