|Place of birth||Glen Innes, New South Wales|
|Address||Macquarie Street, Glen Innes, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||32|
|Next of kin||Mother, Mrs E Spooner, Macquarie Street, Glen Innes, New South Wales|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Place of enlistment||Armidale, New South Wales|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||20th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/37/2|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||20th Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Age at death from cemetery records||34|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 23), Belgium
The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.
The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.
The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.
Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
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|Parents: Edward GALLAGHER and Esther SPOONER (formerly GALLAGHER), 'Dalmore', Macquarie Street, Glen Innes, New South Wales|
War service: Western Front
Marched in to 5th Training Bn, Rollestone, 31 July 1916.
Proceeded overseas to France, 5 September 1916; joined 20th Bn, Belgium, 18 September 1916.
Admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, 22 November 1916 (trench feet); transferred to 38th Casualty Clearing Station, 4 December 1916; to Ambulance Train No 17, 5 December 1916, and admitted to 2nd General Hospital, Havre, 6 December 1916; transferred to 4th Convalescent Depot, 14 December 1916; to Base Details, 23 December 1916; rejoined unit, France, 8 March 1917.
Wounded in action, 2 May 1917 (gun shot wound, right foot), and admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance; transferred to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station, 5 May 1917, and thence to Ambulance Train, and transferred same day to 11th Staqtionary Hospital, Rouen; to 2nd Convalescent Depot, 7 May 1917; to 11th Convalescent Depot, Buchy, 10 May 1917; to 2nd Australian Division Base Depot, Havre, 21 August 1917; rejoined Bn, France, 1 September 1917.
Killed in action, Belgium, 6 November 1917.Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal