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Joseph GALLAGHER

Regimental number2657
Place of birthHarrietville Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationMiner
AddressPerth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinFather, Bernard Gallagher, Harrietville, Victoria
Enlistment date29 August 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name43rd Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/60/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 9 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll43rd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Recommendation date: 4 July 1918

FateReturned to Australia 16 January 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during an attack. He was No. 1 of a Lewis gun team, and his section encountered an enemy strong point with two machine guns and thirty men. All the section except him were killed. He got his gun into action, firing from the hip, and after using up two magazines, he, with two men from another section, rushed the post, and captured the two guns and seven prisoners, the only ones left alive. His prompt action and conspicuous gallantry enabled the rest of the platoon to advance.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

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