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Patrick John GALLAGHER

Regimental number5699
Place of birthHappy Valley, South Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressSilas Street, East Fremantle, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 7.75"
Weight139 lbs
Next of kinFather, E Gallagher, Silas Street, East Fremantle, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date4 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 3, Reinforcement 11
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/31/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 11 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Field Artillery Brigade
FateKilled in Action 22 October 1917
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 7), 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
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated on Postmaster General's Department Roll of Honour, Commonwealth of Australia Building, Perth, Western Australia. Dedicated to 'Officers from Western Australia who gave their lives in the Great War 1914-1918'. Parents: Edmund and Mary GALLLAGHER, Silas Street, East Fremantle, Western Australia. Native of South Australia

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 8th Battery, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade, Heliopolis, 19 November 1915. Mustered as Driver, 23 January 1916; re-mustered as Gunner, 9 March 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 23 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 29 March 1916.

Wounded in action, 24 July 1916 (gun shot wound, right ankle), and admitted to 9th General Hospital, Rouen. Transferred to England, 27 July 1916, and admitted to Reading War Hospital (shell shock, severe, and gun shot wound, right ankle, severe). Found guilty, Fort Wallington, of being absent without leave, midnight, 27 December 1916, to noon, 2 January 1917: awarded 144 hours' detention and total forfeiture of 12 days' pay. Proceeded overseas to France, 8 January 1917; transferred to 1st Division Artillery, 17 January 1917. Rejoined 3rd Field Artillery Brigade, 14 February 1917. Awarded the Military Medal, 22 June 1917.

Wounded in action, 17 July 1917 (gun shot wound, shoulder and back), and admitted to 1st Canadian Casualty Clearing Station, 18 July 1917. Discharged to duty, 18 July 1917; rejoined unit, 19 July 1917. On leave to England, 23 September 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 12 October 1917.

Tried by Field General Court Martial, 20 October 1917, on a charge of while on Active Service being absent without leave, 3-12 October 1917: found 'Not Guilty' of the charge as stated, but 'Guilty' of being absent without leave: awarded 40 days' Field Punishment No. 2.

Killed in action, Belgium, 22 October 1917.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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