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Francis Joseph Fitzgerald

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Francis Joseph Fitzgerald
Francis Fitzgerald
Insp. Francis Fitzgerald
Born(1869-04-12)12 April 1869
Died11 February 1911(1911-02-11) (aged 41)
beside the Peel River south of Fort McPherson, Northwest Territories
Resting placeFort McPherson, Northwest Territories
Police career
DepartmentNorth-West Mounted Police
Service years1888–1911
MemorialsFrancis Fitzgerald Bridge in the Halifax Public Gardens

Francis Joseph Fitzgerald (12 April 1869 – 11 February 1911) was a Canadian who became a celebrated Boer War veteran and the first commander of the Royal North-West Mounted Police detachment at Herschel Island in the Western Arctic (1903). From December 1910 until February 1911, he led a mail patrol from Fort McPherson southward to Dawson City. When the patrol did not arrive in time, a search party, led by Corporal William Dempster, was sent from Dawson City and found the bodies of Fitzgerald and the other patrol members. The trip became known as "The Lost Patrol"[1] and as "one of Yukon’s greatest tragedies."[2][3][4][5][6][7][8]

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  1. ^ "Civilization.ca - Historic Inuit Art - Francis Joseph Fitzgerald, collector". civilization.ca. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Sights and Sites of the Yukon". sightsandsites.ca. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  3. ^ "FITZGERALD, FRANCIS JOSEPH". Dictionary of Canadian Biography. Vol. XIV (1911-1920). Retrieved 25 September 2015 – via biographi.ca.
  4. ^ "WarMuseum.ca - South African War - 2nd Regiment, Canadian Mounted Rifles". warmuseum.ca. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Yukon: Herschel Island - The Law". museevirtuel-virtualmuseum.ca. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  6. ^ Morrison, William R. (January 1986). "F.J. Fitzgerald". Arctic. 39 (1): 104–105. doi:10.14430/arctic2056. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  7. ^ "The Lost Patrol - Royal Canadian Mounted Police". Archived from the original on 2013-06-28. Retrieved 2012-07-17.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  8. ^ "Community marks 100th anniversary of Lost Patrol". nnsl.com. Archived from the original on 25 September 2015. Retrieved 25 September 2015.

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