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Regimental number3485
Place of birthTarlee, Co Kerry, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressAyr via Townswille, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation33
Height5' 10"
Weight174 lbs
Next of kinFather, J Fitzgerald, James Street, Tralee, Co Kerry, Ireland
Previous military serviceServed for 12 years in India with the 2nd Connaught Rangers, British Army; free discharge.
Enlistment date15 August 1915
Place of enlistmentFrasers Hill, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 21 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll47th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 1 November 1917
Discharge date5 February 1918
Other details

Discharged prior to embarkation at Brisbane, 6 February 1915.

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Joined Bn at Moascar, 5 February 1916. Found guilty, 28 February 1916, of being absent without leave, 6 am-10 pm, 28 February: awarded 5 days' confined to barracks and forfeited 1 day's pay. Transferred to 47th Bn, 3 March 1916. Promoted Corporal, 14 March 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 2 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 9 June 1916. Transferred to 12th Machine Gun Company, 25 July 1916.

Reported missing, 8 August 1916 (but in fact wounded in action); transferred from 6th General Hospital, to Ireland, 15 August 1916 (gun shot wound, right leg), and admitted to King George V Military Hospital, Dublin, 17 August 1916; discharged to duty, 23 October 1916. Granted furlough to report to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 8 November 1916.

Admitted to Military Hospital, Parkhouse, 30 November 1916; discharged from hospital, 18 December 1916; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 19 days.

Admitted to No 1 Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 17 January 1917; transferred to Military Hospital, Parkhouse, 8 February 1917; discharged, 16 April 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 90 days. Marched in to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 17 April 1917; taken on strength, 69th Bn, 24 April 1917. Admitted to Wareham Military Hospital, 25 May 1917 (fractured fibula); discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 21 June 1917. Marched in to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 29 June 1917; to Overseas Training Brigade, Perham Downs, 17 September 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 17 September 1917; joined 4th Australian Division Base Depot, Havre, 5 October 1917; marched in to No 2 Command Depot from France, 6 October 1917.

Commenced return to Australia, 1 November 1917; disembarked, 3 January 1918; discharged (medically unfit), 5 February 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Miscellaneous detailsSee also 89 FITZGERALD Maurice.
SourcesNAA: B2455, FITZGERALD Maurice

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