Monday, 22 June 2015

Gallagher, Michael - Private (21860)

Pte Gallagher, Michael 
4th Battalion,
Grenadier Guards,
Killed in Action,
12th April 1918
Age 28,
Commemorated Ploegsteert Memorial

Newspaper Report:

Official intimation has been received by Mrs. Gallagher, of 18, Wilkinson Street, Haslingden, that her eldest son, Private Michael Gallagher, Grenadier Guards, was killed in action in France, on April 12th last.
Private Gallagher was 28 years of age, and joined the Army in January, 1915, and has been out in France since October, 1915.  He was home on leave about a fortnight ago, and returned to France on Good Friday.
Prior to enlisting he was employed as a spinner at Warburton's Flash Mills, Haslingden.
His brother John is serving with the Forces in Mesopotamia.
His name is on the roll of honour at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Haslingden.
The following has been received by his mother from his colonel:-

B.E.F., April 22nd, 1918.
Dear Mrs. Gallagher,
I very much regret to inform you that your son, Private Michael Gallagher, was killed in action on April 12th, 1918, and tender to you my deepest sympathy in your loss.
Your son was killed whilst taking part in heavy fighting, against great odds, and died upholding the name of the great regiment to which we have the honour to belong.
Believe me, yours faithfully, W.S. PILCHER Lieut. Colonel Commanding 4th Battalion, Grenadier Guards.

Pte Michael Gallagher - census information - Click over to enlarge