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Thomas Vickers Fitzpatrick

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

Portrait, 2nd Echelon marching prior to embarkation, 1 May 1940 (kindly provided by family) - This i …


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

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    27 November 1909 AWMM WaihiNew Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 C/o Gilchrist, Sons & Burns, Te Aroha, Waikato, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs A.V.P. Fitzpatrick (wife), Harbourview Road, Birkenhead, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

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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About death

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  • Death
  • 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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  • External links
  • References
    • Armoury Cenotaph File AWMM
      Military Service Record papers (papers from a Service Record eg Record of Promotions, Reductions, Transfers etc) AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 2 (Embarkations to 30th June, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 2: WW2 62 AWMM
    • 21 Battalion (Official history of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45) AWMM
      Lieutenant Colonel Fitzpatrick - presented to him by the 2NZEF. AWMM
    • Veterans' club : the comradeship and memories of Auckland's 21st infantry battalion. Auckland War Memorial Museum : Auckland. Accompanies exhibition held in the Pictorial Gallery, second floor, Auckland War Memorial Museum, 24 March-21 May 2006. AWMM
    • 21 New Zealand Infantry Battalion Association Inc. Records, 1955 - 2005. Auckland War Memorial Museum. MS-2008-42. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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04 June 2018Brian Vicars Auckland, New ZealandChild

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