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Sunday, 19 January 2014

* Lieutenant Fitzherbert Paget Synnot

Lieutenant Fitzherbert Paget Synnot died 10 August 1915.  He was 21 years old.
The Officer Commanding the company wrote: "The battalion in fact the whole brigade, went into the attack that morning, and in six hours we had everything from shrapnel to a bayonet charge. I was not with Fitz when he was killed, but I saw him not long before, going splendidly with the men. He was killed instantaneously, as he was leading his men across an exposed piece of ground about four hours after the start, He was in my company, and it was a great blow to me to lose him. Not only had he the complete confidence of his men, but he was beloved by them. More than that no one can wish for..... He was always so full of life, and nothing was ever wrong, and he did his job thoroughly." A comrade wrote: "He was a gem of rare quality."  Unm.
De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour, Part 2, Page 290

SYNNOTT, Fitzherbert Paget Second Lieutenant 5th Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers
*Born: Drumcondra, Dublin (9/5/1894) *Resided: Maxwell Road, Dublin Commissioned: 26/8/14.
Age: 21 Date of Death: 10/08/1915 Cause: Killed in action (Achi Baba).
Military service: Joined Trinity College O.T.C. in May 1914, volunteered for service on the outbreak of the war, and was received his commission in the 5th Royal Welsh Fusiliers on 26/8/1915.
*Family notes: Youngest son of Henry and Jane Synnott (*nee Paget), of 4, Maxwell Road, Rathgar, Dublin.
Religion: Church of Ireland. Trade/profession: Second Division Clerk in the Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction, Dublin.
Education: Educated at the High School, Dublin and King's College London.

Synnott, Fitzherbert Paget, 2nd Lieut, 5th (Flintshire) Battn. The Royal Welsh Fusiliers (T.F.), yr. s. of Henry Synnott, of 4, Maxwell Road, Rathgar Road, by his wife Jane, dau. of William Stewart; and gdson of the late Rev. James Sutcliffe Paget; b. Drumcondra, Dublin, 9 May 1894; educ. the High School, Dublin, and King's College, London; subsequently became a Civil Service Second Division Clerk, employed in the Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction, Dublin, at the same time continuing his studies with a view to obtaining an appointment in the Indian Civil Service; joined Trinity College, Dublin, O.T.C., in May 1914; volunteered for foreign service on the outbreak of war, and was given a commission in the 5th Royal Welsh Fusiliers 26 Aug. 1914; served with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force in Gallipoli from Aug. 1915, and was killed in action during the attack on Achi Baba on the 10th. Buried there. 

De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour, Part 2, Page 290.

Other notes: 2nd Lieutenant Synnott's Medal Index Card does not give a date for his entry into the Gallipoli Theatre of Operations.
Census notes: The 1911 Census show Fitzherbert (aged 16), residing with his parents, Henry (Printer - Compositor, aged 56) and Jane Elizabeth (aged 49), at No. 2 Ranelagh Road, Dublin, also present were their children, Frederick William (aged 21) and Ethel Sarah (aged 18); his parents stated that during their marriage they had four children, all of whom were alive at the time of the Census. A Mrs. Sarah Paget (widow, aged 71), who is listed a "Mother-in-law" was also present for the Census.
Special notes: 2nd/Lieutenant Synnott is listed on the IWM records as "killed in action, Dardanelles, August 10, 1915."
Grave/Memorial: Panel 77 to 80. Helles Memorial.
Other memorials: 2nd/Lieutenant Synnott is commemorated on the following memorials,  the Great War Memorial, Wanderers Rugby Football Club, Dublin; the Great War Roll of Honour  Wanderers Rugby Football Club, Dublin; Wanderers Great War Memorial,  Lansdowne Road Stadium; the Boy Scouts Memorial, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin and the Great War Memorial, The High School, Danum, Zion Rd., Rathgar, Dublin.
IWM Records Page No : Volume VIII, Page 119.

Source: Mal Murray.

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