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Regimental number214
Place of birthRome, Italy
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationProfessor of Geology
AddressEbley Street, Waverley, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation33.10
Height5' 10"
Weight148 lbs
Next of kinMother, Cecilia Gerther Galli, Vatican, Rome
Previous military serviceServed as 2nd LT in the 91st Regiment, Italian Army; for 1 year in the 4th Infantry; Citizen Military Forces, Australia, discharged by 'mutual consent'.
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Place of enlistmentRandwick, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal
Unit name1st Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A19 Afric on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 15 August 1915
Discharge date5 January 1916
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

[There is an air of uncertainty surrounding this man. Lt W.W. Paine submitted a statement to Major Leicester, C Company, 1st Battalion, 26 May 1915: 'Pte Galli is in my opinion a deserter from the firing line & a malingerer.' On 16 August 1949 the New Zealand Returned Services' Association wrote to the General Secretary, Federal Executive, RSL, Melbourne, passing on consolidated statements made by Galli regarding his war service: 'Through our Local Associations at Auckland and Timaru, we have received copies of statements, compiled by the abovenamed which, if true, would form the basis for a second "Count of Monte Cristo."']

Commenced return to Australia from Suez on board HT 'Themistocles', 15 August 1915; discharged (medically unfit: rheumatism), Sydney, 5 January 1916.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death25 February 1964 Auckland
SourcesNAA: B2455, GALLI Leo

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