Major Richard Francis Fitzgerald DSO
20th Battalion AIF
51st Battalion AIF
Awarded Distinguished Service Order – 21st September, 1916
Awarded Mentioned in Dispatches – 1st June 1917
Awarded Mentioned in Dispatches – 11th July 1919
Australian War Memorial:
Studio portrait of Major (Maj) Richard Francis Fitzgerald, B Company, 20th Battalion, of Milson’s Point, NSW (seated). Maj Fitzgerald was a Staff Officer of the Permanent Forces and enlisted in the AIF on 5 May 1915. He embarked from Sydney aboard HMAT Berrima on 25 June 1915. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) on 21 September 1916 for ‘Conspicuous good service and devotion to duty as Battalion Commander during operations on the Somme’. He later transferred to the 51st Battalion.