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9553   Private Francis Fitzpatrick
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 03/03/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 29/06/1892
Died: 09/05/1915 (Killed in Action)
Age: 22
Summary      
Francis Fitzpatrick was the second son of Hugh and Alice Fitzpatrick. He was on born 29th June 1892 in Dungannon. The 1901 census records Francis as age 8, living with the family at Savings Bank, Dungannon. By 1911 the family had moved to Anne Street, Dungannon. He was a machine hand in a mill. His father was now a labourer. Private Francis Fitzpatrick was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers when he was killed in action in Ypres in Belgium on 9th May 1915.Francis had a brother, Bernard Fitzpatrick, who was also killed in World War One.
Further Information
Francis Fitzpatrick was the second son of Hugh and Alice Fitzpatrick. Hugh Fitzpatrick and Alice Corr were married on 14th August 1890 in Belfast.
Francis Fitzpatrick was born 29th June 1892. He was the second of ten children, eight surviving, all born in Dungannon.
Family: Hugh Fitzpatrick, Alice Fitzpatrick, James Fitzpatrick (born 16th June 1891), Francis Fitzpatrick (born 29th June 1892), Nora Fitzpatrick (born 22nd June 1893), Hugh Fitzpatrick (born 2nd August 1894), Bernard Fitzpatrick (born 18th September 1895), Joseph Fitzpatrick (born 12th October 1896, died 7th December 1896), Mary Fitzpatrick (born 21st December 1897), Cathleen Fitzpatrick (born 17th January 1900), Alice Fitzpatrick (born 5th February 1901), Edward Fitzpatrick (born 11th September 1902, died 7th November 1902).
The 1901 census records Francis as age 8, living with the family at Savings Bank, Dungannon. His father was a ‘hall keeper’.
Anne Street, Dungannon
By 1911 the family had moved to Anne Street, Dungannon. Francis was now 19 and working as a machine hand in a mill. His father was a labourer.
Francis enlisted in Dungannon.
Medal card
Private Francis Fitzpatrick arrived in France with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers on 2nd May 1915.
Private Francis Fitzpatrick was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers when he was killed in action in Ypres in Belgium on 9th May 1915.
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 9th June 1915:
The published list of casualties contains the name of Private Frank Fitzpatrick, 2nd Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers, as having being killed in action. His father, Mr. Hugh Fitzpatrick, Donaghmore Road, Dungannon, has not yet received the usual notification, but it is understood some Dungannon men at the Front have written home stating that they saw him fall.
From Tyrone Courier 10th June 1915 - Reported Death of Another Dungannon Man
The casualty list published on Monday contained the name of Frank Fitzpatrick, 2nd Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers as being killed in action. His father Mr. Hugh Fitzpatrick, Donaghmore Road, Dungannon, has not yet received the usual notification, but last week Private Edward Hurson of the 4th Battalion of the same regiment, who is at present in hospital in Manchester, suffering from a wound in the right leg, stated in a letter to his parents at Linfield Street, Dungannon, that a chum had informed him that he had seen Fitzpatrick buried.
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 15th June 1915:
Mr Hugh Fitzpatrick, Donaghmore Road, Dungannon, received an official intimation on Saturday that his son, Private Frank Fitzpatrick, 2nd Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers, had been killed in action.
From Tyrone Courier 17th June 1915 - Dungannon Man Killed
Mr Hugh Fitzpatrick, Donaghmore Road, Dungannon, has received an official intimation that his son, Private Frank Fitzpatrick, 2nd Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers, had been killed in action. As stated in last week's Courier, Fitzpatrick's name appeared in the casualty list on Monday of last week, but it was not until Saturday that the official intimation of his death was received. Among other expressions of sympathy, Mr Fitzpatrick has received the following letter from Miss K Donnelly, Secretary of the Dungannon Female Branch of the Irish National Foresters Benefit Society, No 721 (Daughters of Erin) :- “The members of the above branch wish to convey to you, Mrs Fitzpatrick, and the other members of your family, their sincere sympathy in your very sad bereavement by the death of your dear son. Needless to say, it is a heavy cross you have to bear that we trust that God in his mercy will help you all to bear it with patience and resignation to his most holy will”. Mr Fitzpatrick desires us to thank the above branch of the Foresters and others for their kind sympathy.
Francis’s brother, Private Bernard Fitzpatrick, was also killed in World War One. He was killed three months later in August 1915 at Gallipoli.
Another brother, James Fitzpatrick, served with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He was injured in July 1916, but survived the war.
From the Tyrone Courier dated 13 July 1916: James Fitzpatrick (brother of Francis Fitzpatrick)
Private James Fitzpatrick, Inniskilling Fusiliers, wounded, is a son of Mr Hugh Fitzpatrick, Donaghmore Road, Dungannon.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 15th July 1916: (brothers of Francis Fitzpatrick)
Private James Fitzpatrick, 1st Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, who is wounded for a third time, is a son of Mr Hugh Fitzpatrick, Donaghmore Road, Dungannon. His brother, Private Francis Fitzpatrick was killed in action a year ago, and his brother, Private Bernard Fitzpatrick, was reported missing, James Fitzpatrick has had a leg amputated.
In his will, he left all to his mother, who was living at Donaghmore Road, Dungannon.
Last Will and Testament of Francis Fitzpatrick:
9553 Private F Fitzpatrick. Royal Dublin Fusiliers. 'In the event of my death, I give my property and belongings to my mother, Mrs Fitzpatrick, Donaghmore Road, Dungannon. County Tyrone, Ireland.'
Private Francis Fitzpatrick is buried in Ypres Town Cemetery Extension in Belgium.
Private Francis Fitzpatrick is commemorated locally on Dungannon War Memorial.
The CWGC record Private Francis Fitzpatrick as the son of Hugh and Alice Fitzpatrick of Donaghmore Road, Dungannon, County Tyrone.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Anne Street (No 44) Dungannon Central Census listing in Anne Street 54.504115 -6.773354
GRONI References
TYPE - B:Birth M:Marriage D:Death | GRONI | SIBLING: brother or sister | NOTES: spelling inconsistencies, etc.
Date Type Surname First name Relationship GRONI Ref Notes
14/08/1890 M Corr Alice Parent M/1890/B1/2326/12/143
14/08/1890 M Fitzpatrick Hugh Parent M/1890/B1/2326/12/143
16/06/1891 B Fitzpatrick James Sibling U/1891/112/1012/18/332
29/06/1892 B Fitzpatrick Francis Casualty U/1892/112/1012/19/81
22/06/1893 B Fitzpatrick Norah Sibling U/1893/112/1012/19/295
02/08/1894 B Fitzpatrick Hugh Sibling U/1894/112/1012/20/78
18/09/1895 B Fitzpatrick Bernard Sibling U/1895/112/1012/20/381
12/10/1896 B Fitzpatrick Joseph Sibling U/1896/112/1012/21/149
07/12/1896 B Fitzpatrick Joseph Sibling D/1896/112/1012/19/117 died age 0
21/12/1897 B Fitzpatrick Mary Sibling U/1898/112/1012/21/459
17/01/1900 B Fitzpatrick Kathleen Sibling U/1900/112/1012/23/3
05/02/1901 B Fitzpatrick Alice Sibling U/1901/112/1012/23/218
11/09/1902 B Fitzpatrick Edward Sibling U/1902/112/1012/24/87
07/11/1902 B Fitzpatrick Edward Sibling D/1902/112/1012/22/38 died age 0
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Fitzpatrick family Lists Francis as age 8 at house 17 in Savings Bank, Dungannon
2 1911 Census lists Fitzpatrick family Lists Francis as age 19, a machine hand, at house 44 in Anne Street, Dungannon
3 Ann Street Memories on Facebook Photo of Francis Fitzpatrick's grave
4 Bernard Fitzpatrick Brother of Francis Fitzpatrick
5 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of Francis Fitzpatrick
6 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
7 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private Francis Fitzpatrick's gravestone can be purchased here
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2021