Pte Gallagher Frederick Arthur

  • Year of birth: 1888
  • Place of birth: Bega, New South Wales, Australia
  • Date of death: 05/10/1917
  • Place of death: Hill 40, Zonnebeke, Belgium
  • Cause of death: Killed in action (K.I.A.)
  • Age: 29
  • Profession: Farmer
  • Country: Australia
  • Rank: Private
  • Service number: 3207
  • 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


Additional information

Private Frederick Arthur Gallagher, age 28 years enlisted together with his younger brother Francis Joseph 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.

During the 5th October 1917 everything was quiet except for snipers and a machine gun firing from the right flank in front of the 26th Battalion.

Private Frederick Arthur Gallagher, 29 years old, was killed in action when struck in the head by a piece of shell and killed instantly. One witness stated that he was killed on the 4th October not the 5th October. Part of the fog of war. His remains were never found and he is remembered on the Ypres Menin Gate Memorial in Belgium, Bay 25, stone O.

His brother Francis Joseph died of wounds the day before when in action on 4th October 1917