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James Joseph GALLAGHER

Regimental number234
Place of birthWingham, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationDairyman
AddressKrambach, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 6.5"
Weight130 lbs
Next of kinFather, Michael Gallagher, Kings Creek, Krambach, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date21 January 1916
Place of enlistmentWest Maitland, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name34th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/51/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 2 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 31 March 1919
Discharge date1 July 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 233 Pte Maurice Mark GALLAGHER, 4th Bn, killed in action, 15 April 1917; Cousins: 3774 Pte Patrick BUGDEN VC, 31st Bn, killed in action, 28 September 1917; 2330 Pte Lawrence Martin GALLAGHER, 6th Light Horse Regiment, killed in action, 28 March 1918; 4421 Pte Oswald GALLAGHER, 20th Bn, killed in action, 16 November 1916; 2595 Pte Patrick Joseph GALLAGHER 35th Bn, killed in action, 1 April 1918.
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War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 2 May 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 23 June 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 16 September 1916; taken on strength, 4th Bn, in the field, 2 October 1916.

Admitted to 2nd Australian Field Ambulance, 22 November 1916; transferred to Casualty Clearing Station, and then to New Zealand Stationary Hospital, 23 November 1916 (infection of larynx); to Ambulance Train No 26 and admitted to 8th General Hospital, Rouen, 26 November 1916 (laryngitis); to No 2 Convalescent Depot, Rouen, 1 December 1916; to Base Depot, Etaples, 5 December 1916; marched out to rejoin 4th Bn, 4 February 1917.

Found guilty, 2 February 1917, of (1) drunkenness; (2) using improper language to his superior Officer: awarded 21 days' Field Punishment No 1.

Rejoined 4th Bn, in the field, 8 February 1917.

Reported missing. 15 April 1917.

Statement, Red Cross File No 1130405, 811 Sergeant G.H. O'CONNOR, 4th Bn (patient, 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, England), 20 August 1917: 'I last saw ... [Gallagher] on the eve of the 15th day of April, on the right of Norieul, he was on outpost duty. We were attacked next morning at 3.30 a.m. and the out post was annihilated. His body was not found or any of the post.'

Second statement, 864 Pte L.J. OLSEN, 4th Bn, 21 August 1917: 'They [Gallagher and three unnamed others] were all on outpost duty on the 15th Apl. with an officer and eight other men. The Germans captured the post, and only one wounded man was found when they evacuated it. J.J. Gallsgher has a brother with the battalion and has written to say that he is prisoner of war. The other three men are prisoners too if alive. No bodies were found when we got back to the outpost.'

Subsequently reported Prisoner of War; interned Limburg, Germany.

Repatriated, and arrived Dover, England, 19 December 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Khyber', 31 March 1919; disembarked Sydney, 16 May 1919; discharged (medically unfit), Sydney, 1 July 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death16 April 1976
Age at death81
Place of burialKrambach Catholic Cemetery, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, GALLAGHER James Joseph
Red Cross File No 1130405

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