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Private John Galligan

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: John Bennett (Joseph in Murray) Galligan

Ancestor's date of birth: 18/08/1874

Ancestor's date of death: 26/03/1917

Cause of Death: Gunshot wound (KIA)

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Trained as an electrician.

Service Number: 208

Colony or State of enlistment: Queensland, Place of Enlistment: Toowoomba

Unit: 4th Queensland Imperial Bushmen

Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: On enlistment

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): TPR, Date Effective: 18/01/1915

Murray Page: 483

Contingent: Fourth Queensland

Ship: Templemore, Date of Sailing: 06/03/1901

Memorial details: Panel 58, Jerusalem Memorial Cemetery, Israel.

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with, Orange Free State, Transvaal and South Africa 1901 clasps. British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: Had a Moustache, was 170 cm tall, and weighed 70 kg.

Reasons to go and fight: A patriotic larrikin, if his WW1 record has anything to attest.

Details of service in war: June 1900 - June 1901 in Free State, Transvaal, and battle of Rhenosterkop (29 November 1900), great De Wet hunt and advance on Pietersburg and into east Transvaal.

Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to Australia 5 August 1901 on the Britannic. Did not marry. Worked as an electrician in Towoomba. Enlisted with 5th Light Horse (AIF) (6th reinforcements) 18 January 1915. Killed in action 26 March 1917 Gaza, Palestine.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Luke Michael Galligan, Fairy Hill NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: great great nephew

 


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