Alfred James FITZGERALD

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FITZGERALD, Alfred James

Service Number: 4141
Enlisted: 3 December 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: 2nd Tunnelling Company (inc. 5th Tunnelling Company)
Born: Sliding Rock, South Australia, 8 September 1874
Home Town: Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 10 July 1917, aged 42 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial (South Australia), Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)*
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World War 1 Service

3 Dec 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4141, Adelaide, South Australia
25 May 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 4141, 2nd Tunnelling Company (inc. 5th Tunnelling Company), HMAT Warilda, Melbourne
25 May 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 4141, 2nd Tunnelling Company (inc. 5th Tunnelling Company), Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
10 Jul 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 4141, 2nd Tunnelling Company (inc. 5th Tunnelling Company), Warneton

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Biography contributed by Cheryl Hutchins

"...4141 Sapper Alfred James Fitzgerald, No.5 Tunnelling Company. A labourer from Port Augusta, SA prior to enlistment, Spr Fitzgerald embarked from Melbourne on HMAT Warilda on 25 May 1916. Later transferring to No.2 Tunnelling Company, he was reported to be missing in action and believed to have been captured and was being held as a prisoner of war. Subsequent investigations showed that this was not the case and that he had been killed in a dugout on 10 July 1917. Having no known grave he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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