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John FITZGIBBON

Regimental number1343
Place of birthManchester, England
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationDriver
Address40 Moonbie Street, Summer Hill, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation39
Height5' 6"
Weight133 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs J Fitzgibbon, 40 Moonbie Street, Summer Hill, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the Irish Rifles
Enlistment date6 November 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll6 November 1914
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 2 May 1915
Date of death2 May 1915
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 14), Gallipoli, Turkey

The Lone Pine Memorial, situated in the Lone Pine Cemetery at Anzac, is the main Australian Memorial on Gallipoli, and one of four memorials to men of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Designed by Sir John Burnet, the principal architect of the Gallipoli cemeteries, it is a thick tapering pylon 14.3 metres high on a square base 12.98 metres wide. It is constructed from limestone mined at Ilgardere in Turkey.

The Memorial commemorates the 3268 Australians and 456 New Zealanders who have no known grave and the 960 Australians and 252 New Zealanders who were buried at sea after evacuation through wounds or disease. The names of New Zealanders commemorated are inscribed on stone panels mounted on the south and north sides of the pylon, while those of the Australians are listed on a long wall of panels in front of the pylon and to either side. Names are arranged by unit and rank.

The Memorial stands over the centre of the Turkish trenches and tunnels which were the scene of heavy fighting during the August offensive. Most cemeteries on Gallipoli contain relatively few marked graves, and the majority of Australians killed on Gallipoli are commemorated here.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
29
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Husband of Jane FITZGIBBON, 58 Moonbie Street, Summer Hill, New South Wales. Native of Manchester, England.
Family/military connectionsSon, 1354 John Patrick Fitzgibbon served in 1st Bn; wounded in action 1 September 1918; returned to Australia 2 January 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Sydney, 11 February 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915.

Reported missing in action, Gallipoli, 2 May 1915.

Court of Inquiry held at Tel-el-Kebir, 11 January 1916, pronounced fate as 'killed in action, Gallipoli, 2 May 1915'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Age at death49
Place of burialNo known grave
SourcesNAA: B2455, FITZGIBBON John

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