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Pte 16810 Joseph Vincent Gallagher – 1st Bn
« on: November 14, 2021, 08:37:21 AM »
Pte 16810 Joseph (Vincent) Gallagher – 1st Bn
This case was identified by a family member, Steve Gallagher, who reported it to IFCP
Joseph Gallagher had been a brass dresser, for W B Darning, when he attended his Army medical examination on 13 December 1914.  He then attested  at the Manchester Regiment Depot  on 21 January 1915.  His wife, Mary Ellen, lived at 56 Abbot Street, Rochdale Road, Manchester.  The couple had married as St Patrick’s Catholic Church on 1 February 1913.  His parents were Joseph and Margaret Gallagher.
Joseph trained with 4th (Extra Reserve) Battalion which was based in north Lincolnshire and helped support the military defences on the river Humber.  He was posted to 4th Battalion on 26 January 1915 and began something of chequered disciplinary record.
Joseph was absent from his battalion from 1 April 1915.    He returned to duty on 2 June and was found guilty of desertion in a Court Martial of 8 June.  Having recently completed 42 days detention on 12 July, Joseph absconded again on 3 August, returning to the Battalion a month later on 3 September.
Mary Ellen had given birth to Joseph’s first son, Thomas,, on 24 July 1915 and it is most likely Joseph had absented himself for the second time in order to visit his wife and new born son.  He was tried by Court Martial for a second time at Riby, Lincolnshire on 7 September.  Receiving a Guilty verdict Joseph was sentenced to 96 days detention.
Records indicate Joseph served his sentence at Stafford and suffered an illness during incarceration.  Owing to the pressing need for trained men Joseph was declared fit for overseas duty on 13 November 1915 and posted to duty before the end of his sentence.
Joseph embarked for France, as part of a draft to 1st Battalion, on 26 November 1915.  1st Battalion was a Regular Army battalion which had been posted to India at the outbreak of hostilities and suffered heavy losses since landing in France in August 1914.  Joseph embarked for Mesopotamia – modern day Iraq – with 1st Battalion at Marseille on 11 December 1915, disembarking at Busra [Basra] on 10 January 1916.
Joseph was reported missing on 8 March 1916 and presumably wounded on this date.  He was treated in 3rd Base General Hospital, Busra, for  a gunshot wound to the right thigh and foot.  He was also suffering from Malaria.  Joseph was evacuated to India on board Hospital Ship ‘Madras’ on 14 March 1916.
Disembarking at Bombay on 20 March 1916, Joseph was admitted to hospital.  Discharged on 12 April, Joseph joined the Depot at Bangalore on 4 May. 
Joseph was taken sick in January 1917, when a medical sample found Tuberculosis (TB).  He was admitted to the Wellington Hospital for 17 days from 4 February 1917, suffering TB.  On discharge from hospital it was recommended that Joseph should be sent home.  Joseph embarked for England was posted to the Depot on arrival on 15 May 1917.  Admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital in Birmingham in July 1917, Joseph was declared unfit for further service.
Joseph was discharged from the Army on 24 August 1917, receiving a Silver War Badge to show that he had done his bit. Joseph also received a Pension of 22/ per week.  The service record shows he had pulmonary TB that was “Due to service” and origination in India from December 1916 due to the hot climate.
Joseph died from pulmonary tuberculosis on 4 July 1918, aged 25, registered in Macclesfield.  He is buried in and unmarked plot at St Joseph’s (Roman Catholic) Cemetery in Moston in St Joseph's Section 1109.  Just over a week later, his widow Mary Ellen, gave birth to a daughter on 12 July 1918.  She was named Josephine, after her father.
Mary Ellen received Joseph’s British War Medal, Victory Medal and the 1914-15 Star in the autumn of 1921.  She also received a Dependent’s Pension.
(I just wonder how many cases we’ve missed –hidden away in casualties prior to the Armistice)
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Re: Pte 16810 Joseph Vincent Gallagher – 1st Bn
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2021, 10:21:46 AM »
Joseph Gallagher died in the 'County Lunatic Asylum', Macclesfield, from Pulmonary TB. The husband of Mary Ellen Gallagher of 56 Oakshott Street, Harpurhey.
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