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Harry Townsend Fulton

Portrait, Brigadier-General H.T. Fulton, from frontispiece New Zealand Rifle Brigade by Lt-Col. W.S. Austin, 1924 - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, Brigadier-General H.T. Fulton, from frontispiece New Zealand Rifle Brigade by Lt-Col. W.S. …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Harry Townsend AWMM
  • Surname
    Fulton AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Henry Townsend Fulton AWMM
  • Service number
    • South African N/N AWMM
    • WWI 23/1 AWMM
    • WWI 23/1 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    15 August 1869 AWMM DalhousieIndia AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Trentham, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Mrs Ada Hermina Fulton (wife), care of Thomas Cook and Son, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 9 October 1915 AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    • South African N/N AWMM
    • WWI 23/1 AWMM
    • WWI 23/1 AWMM
  • Military service
    • Served with NZ Volunteers, 1888. AWMM
    • Enlisted with Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders. AWMM
    • Served with Indian Staff Corps in India, including Northwest Frontier, Malakand, Bajaur, and Tirah. AWMM
    • Served with 2nd King Edward VII Own Gurkha Rifles, 1910. AWMM
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, South Africa AWMM
      Severely wounded at Ottoshoop, South Africa. AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Mortally wounded at Colincamps, France, 27 March 1918. AWMM
    • Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Harry Fulton was the son of Lieutenant-General John Fulton, R.A., and Ellen Fulton, of India.

    Educated at Otago Boys' High School.

    CO (Commanding Officer) of composite Infantry Battalion, Samoan Expeditionary Force, 5 August 1914.

    Colonel and Commander of NZRB (New Zealand Rifle Brigade), Trentham, April 1915.

    Brevet Colonel, temporary Brigadier General, and Commander of NZ Forces in Senussi Campaign, Western Desert, Egypt, December 1915.

    Commander 3 NZ Infantry Brigade, France & Flanders, 1916-18.

    "An unlucky shell the same night destroyed the headquarters of the 3rd (Rifle) Brigade in Colincamps, and killed Brigadier-General Fulton, the Brigade Commander, and his Brigade Major, besides wounding several other officers." (Byrne 1922)

    The Chronicles of the N.Z.E.F., April 10 1918, page 100 reads: "The news of the death of Brigadier-General Fulton, C.M.G., D.S.O., 2 K.O. Gurkhas, was received with deep sorrow throughout the whole of the N.Z.E.F., and particularly by the New Zealand Rifle Brigade, whose moving spirit as well as a commander he had been ever since its original formation in New Zealand in the Autumn of 1915. On Good Friday, while he was in an estaminet, it received a direct hit from a 5.9 shell. A few were killed and others wounded, and the General himself lost consciousness from the shock and died a few hours later.

    General Fulton had had long service in the Imperial and Indian Armies, and, with all the pride of a keen soldier in his troops, had trained the Rifle Brigade rigorously and systematically, and instilled in them a discipline and an esprit de corps which have splendidly carried his now war-seasoned Brigade through many a tough fight. He is the third brigadier we have had the misfortune to lose within the twelve months; but, indomitable of spirit, fearless in action, and with a warm hearted affection and care for their men, they have shared our trials and our victories, and, dying soldiers' deaths, have passed from the field of battle only in body and will remain with us in spirit and example until peace falls again upon this sad, war worn old earth."

    At page 133 it is stated: "The building in which Brigadier-General Fulton was at the time he was struck was a ruined house which had temporarily been rebuilt. He was at work in the cellar."

    Lieutenant-Colonel Fulton was Officer Commanding troops embarking for Samoa on HMNZT 1. This is noted on Page 483 of Some Records of the NZEF. He must have been in command for the voyage only. He is not among the officers of the Samoan Advance party, nor in the Nominal Rolls for this embarkation. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    29 March 1918 AWMM
    ColincampsFrance AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
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  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
    • Doullens Communal Cemetery Extension No. 1, Somme, France AWMM VI. A. 4. AWMM
    • Doullens Cemetery Somme AWMM
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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • Rest in peace, Sir, from one Old Boy to another.

    Lest we forget.
    Public - Ross - 22 September 2020
  • Harry Townsend Fulton is my Great Uncle on my father's side.
    Public - Kasandra - Other relative - 5 August 2016



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  • External links
  • References
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Page No: 250 AWMM
    • Haigh, J., Polaschek, A. (Eds.). (1993). New Zealand and the Distinguished Service Order. Christchurch, N.Z.: Authors. AWMM
    • McDonald, W. (2001). Honours and awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1918. Napier, N.Z.: Helen McDonald. AWMM
      McDonald, W. (2001). p. 111. AWMM
    • Byrne, J.R. (1922). New Zealand Artillery in the Field, 1914 - 18. Auckland, N.Z.: Whitcombe & Tombs. AWMM
      Byrne, J.R. (1922), p. 222. AWMM
    • McFarland, Robert, Rober Duffus McFarland - Papers, 1914-1935, Auckland War Memorial Museum, MS-2015-22 AWMM
    • Stowers, R. (2009). Rough riders at war : history of New Zealand's involvement in the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 and information on all members of the 10 New Zealand contingents. Hamilton, N.Z.: R. Stowers. AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, Auckland Province (digital copy), 1914 - 1919. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2016-2. AWMM


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22 September 2020RossWellingtonOther
05 August 2016KasandraWindale, NSW, AustraliaOther relative

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