John Edward Fitzmaurice

Information about birth

Date of birth:
Place of birth:
Warwick, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom

General information


Army information

England, United Kingdom
British Expeditionary Force
Service number:
Enlistment place:
Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
 —  Devonshire Regiment, 9th Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
Noordemdhoek, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Tyne Cot Memorial
Panel: 38

Distinctions and medals 2

Points of interest 2

#1 Place of birth
#2 Enlistment place

My story

Private John Edward Fitzmaurice was killed in action on the 4th of October 1917. The leather worker from Birmingham was married to Esther Ross and was the father of two sons; John Edward and Bernard Henry. The 28-year-old served with the 9th Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment, part of the 20th Brigade, of the 7th Division.

On the 4th October 1917 the 20th Brigade took part in the Battle of Broodseinde, with the hamlet of Noordemdhoek, on the crest of the Broodseinde Ridge, as its main objective. The 9th Battalion Devons remained in reserve at Hooge Crater, to which they had advanced on the evening of October 2nd. But John’s Battalion did spent most of the 4th and 5th in organising carrying parties and helping to bring down wounded. Circumstances were harsh. The whole place was an ocean of mud, in which every other feature seemed to have been obliterated except the pill-boxes. Movement in the British lines was often observed and shelled or was targeted by machine-guns of the opposing German forces.

John Edward Fitzmaurice died on 4th October 1917. He may have been killed while carrying wounded from the lines at Noordemdhoek to Hooge. John has no known grave and is remembered on the Tyne Cot Missing Memorial panel 38.

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"The Devonshire Regiment 1914-1918", Atkinson C.T., Eland Brothers, Exeter, Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. Ltd., 1926, page 280 + 284
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