John FITZGIBBON

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FITZGIBBON, John

Service Number: 3742
Enlisted: 16 August 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 1st Machine Gun Company
Born: Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand, 1874
Home Town: Albert Park, Port Phillip, Victoria
Schooling: Middle Park State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Driver
Died: Killed In Action, France, 19 August 1916
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

16 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3742, 6th Infantry Battalion
23 Nov 1915: Involvement Private, SN 3742, 6th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
23 Nov 1915: Embarked Private, SN 3742, 6th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Melbourne
19 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, SN 3742, 1st Machine Gun Company, Battle for Pozières

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

John Fitzgibbon was born in Dunedin, New Zealand. His father Nicholas was old soldier, having served in the Indian Mutiny and the New Zealand War of 1860-1866. The family must have moved to Australia before 1890 as Nicholas Fitzgibbon, the father, died in Melbourne during 1890 when John was about 16 years of age. John attended Middle Park State School in Melbourne. John Fitzgibbon had fought in the Boer War with Bethune’s Mounted Infantry and Tullibardine's 2nd Scottish Horse, enlisting in Melbourne.

John’s brother, who had also fought in the Boer War, 407 Pte. James Fitzgibbon 24th Battalion AIF, was also killed at Pozieres on 29 July, 1916, age 39. Their mother Jessie was living in Albert Park in Melbourne at the time. She was granted a pension of 4 pounds per fortnight for the loss of her two sons.

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