Arthur Fitzgerald

Feb 18, 1887

Born in Belfast, Ireland to John and Elizabeth (nee Paxman) Fitzgerald


Oct 22, 1914

Shown on the payroll of the 43rd Regiment, Duke of Cornwall’s Own Rifles in Ottawa


Nov 7, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59323 (temporary number 862)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Elizabeth Fitzgerald, mother, Goodmayes, England

Ø  Previous occupation given as Clerk

o   Later noted as Book Keeper

Ø  No previous military service given

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø  Posted to “H” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “D” Company

o   He was later posted to the Signals Section

On attesting, he stated he was born in London, England, not his actual birth location of Belfast, Ireland

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


May 8, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


May 17, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Nov 7, 1916

Awarded the good conduct badge


Apr 26, 1917

Private Fitzgerald received a slight shrapnel wound to his head while in the front line south-east of the town of Vimy, France and was evacuated to a field ambulance for treatment


Apr 27, 1917

Discharged from the field ambulance and rejoined the battalion


Sep 21, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Oct 6, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Oct 26, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Nov 16, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Dec 13, 1918

Private Fitzgerald crossed the Bonn Bridge with the 21st Battalion to enter Germany as part of the Occupying Force and proceeded to Seigburg



Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia in Havre, France


On arrival in England he was posted to “P” Wing in Witley


Apr 7, 1919

Sentenced to 1 day of Field Punishment No. 2 for being drunk and out of bounds


May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia in Liverpool



May 22, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario by train


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 279756

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Ottawa, Ontario Post Office

Following his discharge the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Ottawa Post Office


Nov 18, 1925

Married to Margaret Irene McGhan in Ottawa, Ontario


Oct 2, 1958

Arthur Fitzgerald died in Ottawa, Ontario of a heart attack and was buried in the Beechwood Cemetery there



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