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William Sydney FITZPATRICK

Regimental number1022
Place of birthNew Town, Hobart, Tasmania
SchoolWallasay Grammar School, Cheshire, England
Age on arrival in Australia20
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, H Fitzpatrick, 22 Glencoe Road, Gliscarde Cheshire, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date28 October 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 10 February 1917

FateKilled in Action 11 June 1917
Place of death or woundingArmentieres, France
Age at death24
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialWulverghem-Lindenhoek Road Military Cemetery (Plot III, Row E, Grave No. 28), Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Katherine Mary CLARKE, Bellerive Library, Hobart, Tasmania

Military Medal

'In the attack on enemy trenches east of GUEUDECOURT on night 4th/5th February, 1917, Sergeant FITZPATRICK's Platoon being without an Officer, he led it to the assault with great dash and resolution. Throughout a number of counter attacks and until his Company was relieved on night 9th/10th February, 1917, he was constantly at his post, always on the alert. On one occasion he went out into "No Man's Land" top reconnoitre and seeing one of the enemy, chased him and brought him in at the point of the revolver. His work has ben uniformly good throughout.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 133
Date: 21 August 1917

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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