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Robert Vesey Fitzgerald

Informationen zu Geburt

Geburtsjahr:
1895
Geburtsort:
Ipswich, Queensland, Australia

Allgemeine Informationen

Beruf:
Accountant

Informationen zum Armeedienst

Land:
Australia
Truppe:
Australian Imperial Force
Rang:
Private
Dienstnummer:
6557
Einberufung datum:
03/07/1916
Einberufung ort:
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Einheiten:
 —  Australian Infantry, 49th Bn.  (Letzte bekannte Einheit)

Informationen zu Tod

Sterbedatum:
12/10/1917
Sterbeort:
Romulus Wood, Belgien
Todesursache:
Im Kampf gefallen
Alter:
22

Begräbnisplatz

Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood
Grabstelle: XXIII
Reihe: A
Grab: 14

Auszeichnungen und Orden 2

British War Medal
Medaille
Victory Medal
Medaille

Punkte von Interesse 2

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Meine Geschichte

Private Robert Vesey Fitzgerald served in the Australian Infantry 49th Battalion, part of the 13th Australian Brigade, of the 4th Australian Division.

On the 12th of October 1917 the 4th Division participated in the First Battle of Passchendaele. The Division advanced with two Brigades, the 12th and the 13th. The former was to lead the attack, while the latter held the front line in support.

At 5.20 am the 12th Brigade advanced towards its first objective, which was reached on time by the 47th Battalion. The 48th Battalion pressed on and was able to take Assyria. However, due to German counter-attacks, they were eventually forced to leave the position.

In the meantime the 13th Brigade was holding the original front line in support of the attack. The 49th Battalion was part of one of two battalions who held the line near Tokio and Zonnebeke Lake. The Germans were continuously shelling the Australian positions, which resulted in an unusually high number of casualties.

Private Robert Vesey Fitzgerald was killed in action on the 12th of October 1917, close to Romulus Wood, near the Red Line, the first objective. He was possibly killed by German shellfire at the Red Line, possibly while assisting or supplying the 47th Battalion. His remains were exhumed after the war and reinterred in Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood.

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