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William Bertie FITZGERALD

Regimental number4294
Place of birthHuntsgrove, Manilla, New South Wales
SchoolKeepit Public School and St Joseph's College, Gunnedah, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressHuntsgrove, Manilla, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height6' 0.25"
Weight164 lbs
Next of kinFather, John Henry Fitzgerald, Huntsgrove, Manilla, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date3 July 1916
Place of enlistmentArmidale, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 3 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll29th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 29 July 1918
Place of death or woundingMorlancourt, France
Age at death29
Age at death from cemetery records30
Place of burialMericourt L'Abbe Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot III, Row F, Grave No. 3), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in St Joseph's Catholic Church (Station of the Cross 4: presented by the Fitzgerald Family in memory), Gunnedah, New South Wales. Parents: John Henry and Mary A. FITZGERALD. Native of Huntsgrove, Manilla, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 216 Warrant Officer II Francis Xavier FITZGERALD, 6th Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 15 November 1918; 796 Pte Henry FITZGERALD, 3rd Trench Mortar Battery, returned to Australia, 24 January 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 3 November 1916; admitted to ship’s hospital, 17 December 1916 (influenza); discharged from ship’s hospital, 5 January 1917; disembarked Plymouth, England, 9 January 1917.

Admitted to Military Hospital, Fovant, 21 February 1917 (influenza); discharged date not recorded.

Proceeded overseas to France, 5 April 1917; taken on strength, 29th Bn, in the field, 12 April 1917.

Wounded in action, 26 September 1917 (gun shot wound, right arm), and admitted same day to 6th Australian Field Ambulance; transferred to 54th General Hospital, 27 September 1917; to England, 2 October 1917, and admitted to 5th Southern General Hospital, 2 October 1917; transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 29 October 1917; discharged on furlough, 31 October 1917, to report to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 14 November 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 1 February 1918; rejoined unit, in the field, 7 February 1918.

Killed in action, 29 July 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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