Pte Fitzpatrick enlisted in 4th Bttn on 27/10/1914, aged 35y 3m. He served overseas with 2nd Bttn from 21st April 1915. He returned Home on 20th June 1915 and had a kidney operation in hospital, prior to discharge due to Bilharzia on 29th July 1916. The Bilharzia had been contracted in S Africa, while Thomas had served with the Leinster Regiment in 1906. The Pension Record questions whether the disability was aggravated by service and the response if “Yes by active service in the war”.
Thomas died from Bilharzia in Manchester Central Hospital on 23rd January 1920, aged 40. Thomas was buried in St Joseph’s (Roman Catholic) Cemetery, Moston, Manchester on 29th January 1920. His grave number is 1038.
His widow Beatrice received a Pension. 130 Pearson St, Miles Platting. They had one son, Thomas. Thomas Snr was the son of Michael and Mary Ann Fitzpatrick of Queens County, Ireland.
IFCP have applied commemoration.
Not Forgotten 100 years after his death.