Pte Gallagher Francis Joseph

  • Year of birth: 1893
  • Place of birth: Bega, New South Wales, Australia
  • Date of death: 04/10/1917
  • Place of death: Bavaria House, Belgium
  • Cause of death: Died of wounds (D.O.W.)
  • Age: 24
  • Profession: Farmer
  • Country: Australian
  • Rank: Private
  • Service number: 3208
  • Enlistment date: 30/10/1916
  • Enlistment place: Lismore, New South Wales, Australia
  • Last known unit: Australian Infantry, 41st Bn. ( The Byron Scottish )
  • Force: Australian Imperial Force

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Private Francis Joseph Gallagher, age 22 years and 10 months enlisted together with his older brother Frederick Arthur on the 30th October 1916. They left Australia together on the 7th February
1917, with consecutive regimental numbers, 3207 and 3208 in the 41st (Queensland) Battalion AIF, part of the 11th Brigade of the 3rd Australian Division.
The boys only joined their battalion in Belgium midway through August 1917.

On the 4th October 1917 the former farmer from Eureka in the Northern Rivers NSW district, was taking part in his first attack in the Battle of Broodseinde, part of the Battle of Passchendaele.
The objective of the 11th Brigade was a line between the Zonnebeke Railway at Dash Crossing and Daisy Wood. The Brigade attacked at 5.25 a.m. with the 44th Battalion, the 41st Battalion were in
support. German barrage came down on place of assembly but caused only slight losses. It was raining steadily. At 6 a.m. the Britisch barrage fell and at 6.30 a.m. the Battalion moved forward behind the 44th. Owing to darkness Battalions were mixed, but there was no check in the advance.
They were held up at the Seine strongpoint but this was rushed by parts of the 41st, who went on to the final objective and dug in.

At 3 p.m. a counter attack on a large scale took place. The Germans were allowed to advance under machine and rifle fire to within a 300 yards of the Battalions position when the Britisch barrage came down, and completely broke the attack. German losses must have been great. Later another large counter attack on the right was dispersed by the Britisch artillery.

Private Francis Joseph Gallagher, almost 24, was hit by a shell during the 41st Battalion’s advance during the Battle of Broodseinde Ridge 4 October 1917. He was last seen badly wounded on a stretcher with compound fractures of both legs, taken to the 2nd Anzac Medical Dressing Station where he died later that day and was buried near Bavaria House. His remains later brought to the Ypres Reservoir Cemetery, plot I, row G, grave 13.
His brother Frederick Arthur was killed in action the next day 5 October 1917.