Date of birth
Place of birth
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
Pre 9 October 1915 AWMM Married AWMM
Medals and Awards
- Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) AWMM
Citation for Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael & St George (CMG): This Officer has commanded the 3rd N.Z. (Rifle) Brigade since its formation. He has at all times shown great attention to its instruction, discipline and wellbeing, with success. the work of the Brigade has been exceptionally good since it came to France. (London Gazette, 1 January 1917, p. 5, Rec No. 418) AWMM
- Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) AWMM
Citation for Distinguished Service Order (DSO): In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa. (London Gazette, 27 September 1901) AWMM
- India Medal 1896 (Malakand 1897, Tirah 1897-98 clasps) AWMM
- Queen's South Africa Medal (Cape Colony, Rhodesia, Transvaal clasps) AWMM
- 1914-1915 Star AWMM
- British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
- Victory Medal with oak leaf AWMM
- Croix de Guerre 1914-1918 (France) AWMM
Citation for Croix de Guerre (French): For distinguished services rendered during the course of the campaign. (London Gazette, 17 December 1917, p. 13206) AWMM
- Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) Twice AWMM
Mentioned in despatch from General Sir Douglas Haig, G.C.B, Commander -in-Chief the British Armies in France, despatch dated 13 November 1916. (London Gazette, 4 January 1917, p. 195)
For distinguished and gallant services and devotion to duty. Field Marshal D. Haig, Commander-in-Chief the British Armies in France, despatch dated 9th April 1917. (London Gazette, 15 May 1917, p. 4747) AWMM
POW liberation details
POW serial number
- 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
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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- 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
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