FITZGERALD Ralph
24/1657, Sergeant, 2nd Battalion, Otago Regiment

CITATION
Distinguished Conduct Medal
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the attack on Vancelles on 30th September 1918.  With a patrol of three men, in full view of the enemy, and finding that the footbridge at the loch was mined, he cut the wires and fuse of the mine.  He then found a party of four preparing to mine the traffic-bridge and killed one, driving the others off.  He then crossed the bridge and penetrated the enemy’s lines, returning after seven hours with valuable information

AWARDS
Distinguished Conduct Medal
British War Medal
Victory Medal

NOTES
Born 31 March 1895, Petone, NZ
Died 21 October 1963, Petone, NZ

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