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Thomas Vickers Fitzpatrick

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Portrait, 2nd Echelon marching prior to embarkation, 1 May 1940 (kindly provided by family) - This image may be subject to copyright
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Thomas Vickers AWMM
  • Surname
    Fitzpatrick AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    TV AWMM
  • Service number
    5910 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    27 November 1909 AWMM WaihiWaihi AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM C/o Gilchrist, Sons & Burns, Te Aroha, Waikato, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs A.V.P. Fitzpatrick (wife), Harbourview Road, Birkenhead, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      brown AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      fair AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Wounded 1 November 1941 at Sidi Rezegh AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Adalina and Vincent Joseph FitzPatrick

    Commanding Officer of 21 Infantry Battalion, November 1941.

    Commanding Officer of 1 Battalion, Hauraki Regiment, 1942-44.

    Commanding Officer of 1 Battalion, Waikato Regiment, 1943.

    While defending Point 175 at Sidi Rezegh, Fitzpatrick's men were approached by a slow-moving column of tanks on 29 November 1941. The turrets were open and the crews, wearing berets, could be seen waving a friendly greeting. Fitzpatrick's men had been told to expect units of 1 South African Brigade all day and assumed that these tanks were friendly. They allowed the column to come within firing range, when suddenly the turrets were slammed shut and the tanks began firing. Fitzpatrick radioed for aid but could not get through and he was forced to withdraw what remained of 21 Battalion.

    He completed his LLM in 1933 and went on to complete a Bachelor of Commerce in 1951. AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    15 November 1960 AWMM
    Age 50 AWMM
    AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Birkenhead-Glenfield Cemetery, corner Eskdale and Glenfield Roads, Birkenhead, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Public Lawn Row K Plot 24 AWMM
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04 June 2018Brian Vicars Auckland, New ZealandChild