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Fitts, Frederic Ernest T
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First World War, 1914-1918
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Fitts MM, Frederic Ernest T (Lance Corporal, b.1893 - d.1983)
Papers of 32 Lance Corporal Frederic Ernest T. Fitts MM (Headquarters Signallers, 29th Battalion, later 32nd Battalion, 8th Brigade), from between his enlistment in November 1915 and his return to Australia in May 1919. They include three diaries (one on loose sheets) describing his service between June 1916 and October 1918 in France and Belgium as a signaller, mainly laying and maintaining brigade and battalion communication cable lines in and behind the front lines, especially in battle action around Hazebrouck/Armentieres (Bois Grenier) and Albert in 1916, Bapaume (Factory Corner, Fremicourt, Beaumetz, Bancourt) and Ypres (Dickebusch, Zonnebeke) in 1917, and Mont Saint-Quentin, Blangy-Tronville, Corbie in 1918. The diaries provide details of his movements over the whole war period. Also includes a notebook and papers concerning signals procedures and technicalities; postcard photographs of Fitts and others; paybooks and service papers; and currency and souvenirs, including a copy of the German newspaper 'Deutsche Tageszeitung'. Fitts was awarded the Military Medal.