Patrick Alfred (Fred) FITZGERALD

FITZGERALD, Patrick Alfred

Service Number: 5018
Enlisted: 23 April 1917
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 30th Infantry Battalion
Born: Wangett, New South Wales, Australia, 17 March 1881
Home Town: Weston, Cessnock, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Miner
Died: Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, 10 December 1940, aged 59 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Sandgate General Cemetery, Newcastle, NSW
CATHOLIC 1-27. 72.
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World War 1 Service

23 Apr 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 5018, 30th Infantry Battalion
10 May 1917: Involvement Private, SN 5018, 30th Infantry Battalion
10 May 1917: Embarked Private, SN 5018, 30th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Marathon, Sydney
10 Apr 1918: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 5018, 30th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From ‎Gary Mitchell‎, Sandgate Cemetery

A Forgotten Digger of The Great War and Sandgate Cemetery.
80 years ago today, on the Thursday afternoon of the 11th January 1940, Private Patrick Alfred (Fred) Fitzgerald, 30th Battalion, miner from Fifth Street, Weston, New South Wales and Bundarra, N.S.W. and Swansea?, N.S.W., father of three, was laid to rest at Sandgate Cemetery, age 58. CATHOLIC 1-27. 72.

Born at Wangett, New South Wales on the 17th March 1881 to Andrew and Ellen Fitzgerald; husband of Elizabeth Fitzgerald nee Lynch (married 1914, died?), Fred enlisted April 1917 at Newcastle, N.S.W.
Fred was invalided home March 1918 with rheumatism.
I have not located Mr Fitzgerald’s name on any known War Memorial or Roll of Honour. No War Memorial was ever erected to the memory of the fallen and returned WW1 soldiers of Weston.

Fred had been resting in an unmarked grave, forgotten, so I have placed a cross adorned with poppies on the gravesite August 2019, taken a photo of the grave and uploaded the photo onto the Northern Cemetery website as a permanent record of his service.

Lest We Forget.