FitzGerald, James Joseph (Jim) (Private, b.1895 - d.?); FitzGerald, George Oliver (Private, b.1893 - d.?)

Accession Number PR03823
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 1 cm.
Object type Letter, Photograph, Postcard, Document
Maker FitzGerald, George Oliver
FitzGerald, James Joseph (Jim)
Place made France, Ireland, United Kingdom: England
Date made 1914-1918
Access Open
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition

Collection relating to the First World War service of brothers 2904 Private James Joseph FitzGerald and 4800 Private George Oliver FitzGerald, both with 46th Infantry Battalion AIF.

Collection consists of five handwritten letters written by Pte James Joseph FitzGerald to his parents, between December 1916 and September 1918; and one handwritten letter written by Pte George FitzGerald to his father in September 1916. This letter talks about the sound of machine gun fire at night and compares that with the sounds of the big guns on the Somme and the associated shell craters and overall desolation of the place. Also included in the collection is a handwritten letter to Jim (James) from 'Cobber Murphy'; a postcard from Jim to his brother Jack in 1917; two black and white photographs of Jim in uniform and a photograph of the four FitzGerald brothers together, from left to right: Patrick, George, James (Jim) and John (Jack). The last item is a photocopy of a newspaper article in which Jim FitzGerald is mentioned in relation to saving a fellow soldier's life.

Both James Joseph FitzGerald and his brother George Oliver FitzGerald survived the war and returned to Australia in 1919.

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