Diamond War Memorial Project

Able Seaman Charles Gallagher

Mercantile Marine. Regimental Number ----
Born: ---- Died: 1917-09-12 Aged: 47 Enlisted: ------

Name recorded on the Tower Hill Memorial, London. Name also commemorated on the Diamond War Memorial.

Son of George Gallagher. Husband of Margaret Gallagher (who died on July 21, 1917, and was buried in Derry City Cemetery). Family resided at 14, Cottage Row, Rosemount.

Charles Gallagher was lost, when the S.S. 'St Margaret' was torpedoed in the North Sea.

The death of Charles Gallagher was the subject of an application under the Workingmen's Compensation Act before his Honour Judge Todd on Saturday, April 13, 1918, at Derry Quarter Sessions. Charles Gallagher, son, a shipyard worker, earning 2 7s 6d per week. Margaret Gallagher and Bella Gallagher, daughters, claimed as dependents of the deceased, who earned 3 10s a week. The only questions at issue were the amount of compensation and who were the dependents. Mr M. D. Begley (instructed by Mr T. C. Wylie), for the respondents, the North of Scotland, Orkney, and Shetland Steam Navigation Company, argued that Charles was not a dependent, and that the other two were only partially dependent. Counsel for the applicant (instructed by Mr J. Tracy), said Margaret, the housekeeper, was wholly dependent on the deceased, and that Charles and Bella were partially dependent. His Honour reserved judgement.

On the first anniversary of the death of Charles Gallagher, members of his family had the following lines inserted in a Derry newspaper:

'When last we saw our loving father,

He looked so strong and brave;

We little thought how soon he would

Be laid in a sailor's grave.'