Francis Gerald FITZGERALD

FITZGERALD, Francis Gerald

Service Number: 2311
Enlisted: 18 January 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 3rd Light Horse Regiment
Born: Aberdeen, South Australia, 19 June 1889
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Permanent Way Packer
Died: Died of Illness (malaria), Palestine, 31 October 1918, aged 29 years
Cemetery: Gaza War Cemetery, Israel and Palestine (including Gaza)
Gaza War Cemetery, Gaza, Israel
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Burra District WW1 Honor Roll, Burra Fallen Soldiers Memorial, Cleve WW1 Honor Roll
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World War 1 Service

18 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2311, Adelaide, South Australia
16 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2311, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
16 Apr 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 2311, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Botanist, Adelaide
31 Oct 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 2311, 3rd Light Horse Regiment

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Biography contributed by Charles Campbell College

Francis G. Fitzgerald (service number 2311) was born near the town of Burre in South Australia, 1892. Before enlisting in the army, he worked as a Permanent way packer. LCpl Fitzgerald had no previous military service on his record. 

LCpl Fitzgerald enlisted into his Majesty's Imperial Forces January 18th 1916, two years after the war began. He enlisted into the army at the age of 26 and was assigned to the 3rd Light Horse Regiment. LCpl Fitzgerald was also listed as a natural born British subject. 

Francis G. Fitzgerald was appointed the rank of Lance Corporal, this would sadly be his last known rank. As LCpl Fitzgerald contracted Malaria when away at Palestine and sadly passed Palestinian hospital and now rests Gaza war memorial in Israel.