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Richard Francis FITZGERALD

Date of birth23 April 1980
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLate Staff Officer Permant Forces
Address109 Alfred Street, Milson's Point, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation35
Next of kinWife, Mrs J Fitzgerald, 109 Alfred Street, Milson's Point, New South Wales
Enlistment date5 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentMajor
Unit name20th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal Roll51st Battalion


Unit: 51st Battalion
Promotion date: 1 June 1915

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

'For conspicuous good service and devotion to duty as Battalion Commander during operations on the Somme.'
Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30107 (1 June 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169 (4 October 1917).
Recommendation date: Unspecified

Distinguished Service Order

Recommendation date: 18-20 December 1915

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', fourth Supplement, No. 29664 (11 July 1919); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 176 (30 November 1916)

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)

Distinguished Service Order

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 129
Date: 21 September 1916

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Service Order, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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