Coleshill Remembers World War 1
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Entry for Private William Gallagher
2nd Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
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Commemorated on the Memorial in the Catholic Church, William Gallagher was born in Bradford, Yorkshire. He grew up at the St Paul’s Home, Coleshill, and in 1905 moved to the St Vincent’s Home for Working Boys on Moseley Road in Birmingham. William was a Regular Soldier, having enlisted before the outbreak of war. He enlisted in Halifax with the 2nd Battalion King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (service number 10837). His Battalion were part of the 13th Brigade, 5th Division, who landed at Le Havre on the 16th August 1914, and were involved in the Battle of Mons and subsequent retreat. Private Gallagher was killed in action on the 11th October 1914 at Richebourg, and is remembered on the Le Touret Memorial in France. He was awarded the 1914 Star, British War and Allied Victory medals.
St Vincent’s Journal No. 19, Summer 1915 (second war edition). “William Gallagher, another old St Paul’s boy, came to St Vincent’s in 1905. He was killed in action at Richebourg October 11th 1914.”