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Regimental number6557
Place of birthIpswich, Queensland
SchoolChristian Brothers School, Ipswich, Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressIpswich, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 10.5"
Weight132 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs K Fitzgerald, Hooper Street, West Ipswich, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in Australian Light Horse, Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date3 July 1916
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 21st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A36 Boonah on 21 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll49th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 12 October 1917
Place of death or woundingZonnebeke, Belgium
Age at death22.4
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialButtes New British Cemetery (Plot XXIII, Row A, Grave No. 14), Polygon Wood, Zonnebeke, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Walter Vesey and Kathleen FITZGERALD, Hooper Street, Ipswich, Queensland
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Brisbane, 21 October 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 10 January 1917.

Admitted to Fargo Military Hospital, 10 February 1917 (pyrexia, unknown origin); marched into 3rd Training Bn from hospital, 7 March 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 22 May 1917; taken on strength, 49th Bn, in the field, 21 June 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 12 October 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FITZGERALD Robert Vesey

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