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Peter FITZGIBBONS

Regimental number1355
Place of birthKerry, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationBricklayer
AddressVic Hotel, Young Street, Annandale, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 11"
Weight164 lbs
Next of kinBrother, John Fitzgibbons, Vic Hotel, Young Street, ,Annandale, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date10 November 1914
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 11 February 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll1428
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Pioneer Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 14 December 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Taken on strength, 1st Bn, Gallipoli, 3 May 1915. Reported missing, 6-11 August 1915, but in fact wounded in action; disembarked Malta from hospital ship, 14 August 1915 (bullet wound, right hand and leg); admitted to St George's Hospital, 18 August 1915; transferred to All Saints' Camp, 4 September 1915; discharged to duty, 4 January 1916. Embarked for Egypt, 4 January 1916; rejoined Bn, Tel el Kebir, 11 January 1916.

Transferred to 53rd Bn, 13 February 1916; to 5th Pioneer Bn, 3 March 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 25 June 1916. Found guilty en route, 8 July 1916, of disobedience orf orders by entering a farm house at a halt without permission: awarded 1 day's Field Punishment No 2. Found guilty, 7 December 1916, of when on active service overstaying leave from 5 pm, 2 December, until 10.45 am, 6 December 1916: awarded 28 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 5 days' pay.

Wounded in action, 23 May 1917 (lacerated lip), and admitted to 29th Casualty Clearing Station, 24 May 1917; transferred to 1st South African General Hospital, Abbeville, 27 May 1917; to 5th Convalescent Depot, Cayeux, 5 June 1917; to Base Depot, 26 June 1917; rejoined unit, 8 July 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 29 September 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 15 October 1917.

Admitted to 55th Casualty Clearing Station, 8 October 1917 (influenza); transferred by Ambulance Train No 33 and admitted to 12th General Hospital, Rouen, 9 October 1918; to England, 17 October 1918, and admitted same day to Bath War Hospital. Discharged on furlough, 7 November 1918, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 21 November 1918.

Found guilty, 30 November 1918, of being absent without leave from 10 am, 21 November, to 10 am, 30 November 1918: admonished, and forfeited total of 9 days' pay.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Burma', 14 December 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 29 January 1919; discharged, 31 March 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FITZGIBBONS Peter

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