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Charles FITZGIBBON

Regimental number6131
Place of birthMerino, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressMerino, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 6"
Weight139 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs C Fitzgibon, Merino, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date15 May 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll29 April 1916
Place of enlistmentHamilton, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 19th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 28 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 December 1918
Discharge date11 March 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 412 Pte Edward FITZGIBBON, 4th Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 5 March 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 28 July 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 11 September 1916.

Marched in to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 23 November 1916.

Marched in to No 4 Command Depot, Wareham, 24 November 1916.

Marched in to 2nd Training Bn, Durrington, 25 January 1917.

Admitted to Bulford Hospital, 12 February 1917; marched in to 2nd Training Bn, Durrington, from hospital, 3 March 1917 (no further details recorded).

Admitted to 17th Field Ambulance, 21 August 1917 (scabies); discharged to Training Depot, 25 August 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France (date not recorded); marched in to 1st Australian Division Base Depot, Havre, 15 October 1917.

Taken on strength, 8th Bn, in the field, 20 October 1917.

Admitted to 1st Australian Division Rest Station, 1 November 1917; transferred to 3rd Canadian Casualty Clearing Station, and then to Ambulance Train, 2 November 1917 (colitis); to 9th General Hospital, Rouen, 3 November 1917; to No 2 Convalescent Depot, 9 November 1917; to No 11 Convalescent Depot, Buchy, 15 November 1917.

Found guilty, Buchy, 29 November 1917, of disobedience of Depot Routine Order para. 20 (IE): breaking into an orchard when on the line of march: deprived of 2 days' pay.

Discharged to Base Depot, Havre, 30 November 1917.

Rejoined Bn, in the field, 9 December 1917.

Admitted to 1st Australian Field Ambulance, 16 January 1918 (bronchitis); transferred to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 17 January 1918; discharged to duty, and rejoined Bn, 1 February 1918.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 29 April 1918 (trench fever), and transferred to 2nd Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train No 10, 30 April 1918, and admitted to 2nd Australian General Hospital; transferred to No 1 Convalescent Depot, 12 June 1918; to Base Depot, 14 June 1918.

Admitted to 2nd Australian General Hospital, 14 June 1918 (pyrexia, unknown origin); transferred to No 1 Australian Convalescent Depot, 3 July 1918; to No 10 Convalescent Depot, 5 July 1918; to No 1 Australian Convalescent Depot, 11 July 1918; to 2nd General Hospital, 28 August 1918 (haemorrhoids); transferred to England, 5 September 1918, and admitted to Lord Derby War Hospital, Warrington, 6 September 1918.

Found guilty, Warrington, 1 October 1918, of overstaying pass from 9.30 pm to 10.15 pm, 30 September 1918: forfeited 1 day's pay.

Discharged from hospital, 28 October 1918, on leave, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 12 November 1918.

Found guilty, 19 November 1918, of being absent without leave, 10 am, 12 November, to 10 am, 19 November 1918: forfeited 7 days' pay; total forfeiture: 14 days' pay.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Nestor', 12 December 1918 (haemorrhoids); disembarked Melbourne, 1 February 1919; discharged, Melbourne, 11 March 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death29 May 1961
Age at death69
Place of burialSandford Cemetery, Victoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, FITZGIBBON Charles

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