Fitzpatrick, Second Lieutenant Noël MM
Noël Fitzpatrick came from Dubbo, NSW, and was an Overseer aged 20 when he enlisted in the Australian Army Medical Corps in Sydney on 20 March 1916. He departed from Sydney on HMAT A29 Suevic on 11 November 1916. After arrival in France, he transferred to ‘K’ Ammunition Park, and was awarded the Military Medal in November the next year for action at Zillebeke when he was in charge of a motor car and left shelter under heavy fire to drive a wounded officer to a dressing station. He then returned to Zillebeke and carried a wounded soldier 50 yards to the car, although wounded by shell splinters. He then applied for pilot training and left for the UK. After graduation as a pilot, he was commissioned in March 1918. However, periods of illness prevented his flying, and he was restricted to ground duties. He sought to resign his commission just after the Armistice in order to look after his ailing father, who was in England, and for both men to then travel back to Australia in short stages. Permission to resign was granted, but later cancelled as he was already on his way back to his home country.
He was returned to Australia on HMAT A11 Ascanius in December 1918 due to illness, but was taken off the ship at Gibraltar as his condition had deteriorated. He died of pneumonia on 16 February 1919.
2Lt N Fitzpatrick is buried in Grave A 4341 at Gibraltar (North Front) Cemetery.