Diamond War Memorial Project

Private Michael Gallagher

7th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (formerly 2428, Royal Irish Regiment). Regimental Number 25302
Born: ---- Died: 1916-04-27 Aged: -- Enlisted: Enlisted Derry.

Interred in Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe, Pas de Calais, France. Name commemorated on the Diamond War Memorial.

Youngest son of Mr Daniel Gallagher, Bishop Street, Derry. Brother of Thomas Gallagher, 79a, Foyle Road, Derry. Brother of Mrs Cregan, Spencer Road, Waterside, Derry.

Shortly after the death of Private Michael Gallagher, his sister, Mrs Cregan, received a letter from Lieutenant Cunningham, Inniskilling Fusiliers, expressing sympathy with her on the loss of her brother. Lieutenant Cunningham wrote that deceased was a good soldier, who always did his duty, no matter how difficult or dangerous. On the 27th April, continued Cunningham, the Hun attacked our front line, but owing to the gallant stand made by our brave Irish troops was repulsed with loss. It was during this attack your brother met his death. Private Gallagher was laid to rest with several others of the battalion in a little cemetery behind the firing line. The Catholic chaplain read the burial service. Officers and men rest side by side, as they fought together in life, so it is fitting they should not be separated in death.' Mrs Cregan's husband also served with the colours.