Alfred Edward Fitzgerald

Name

Alfred Edward Fitzgerald

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

11/07/1916
44

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Lieutenant Colonel
Durham Light Infantry
15th Bn.

Awards

Not Yet Researched

Cemetery/Memorial

TWYFORD (THE ASSUMPTION) CHURCHYARD
North-East of church.
United Kingdom

UK Memorials

Christchurch Memorial, Chorleywood
Memorial Hall Plaque, Chorleywood

Pre War

Born on 25 Oct 1872 in Liverpool son of Robert Allan Fitzgerald and was educated at Harrow School. He married Mary Eleanor Irwin on 7 Aug 1907 in Arthuret, Cumberland and had two daughters.

Wartime Service

Entered the army through the Militia and obtained a commission in 1899 in the West India Regiment. He was attached to the Egyptian Army in 1904, promoted to Captain in 1907 and transferred to the East Surrey Regiment. He was promoted to Major and then Lieutenant Colonel in 1915 when he took command of the 15th Durham Light Infantry. Took part in the Western Front at Loos and was then wounded at Fricourt on the first day of the Battle of the Somme and died in hospital in London. He was recommended for a DSO by his Brigadier. “He commanded his Battalion until he was wounded on 1 Jul 1916. He was placed in command of the captured German position and acted with great coolness and showed a sound appreciation of the position. His messages were always clear.”

Acknowledgments

Malcolm Lennox