Diamond War Memorial Project

Private Robert Gallagher

1st/10th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Regimental Number 15532
Born: ---- Died: 1918-06-03 Aged: -- Enlisted: Enlisted Londonderry.

Interred in Duhallow Advanced Dressing Station Cemetery, Ieper, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. Name inscribed on St Columb's Cathedral (Church of Ireland) Memorial to the men connected with that cathedral who died during the 1914-18 War. Name also commemorated on the Diamond War Memorial.

Son of Ellen Gallagher, Foxe's Lane, Londonderry. Nephew of William (possibly son of Samuel and Ellen Martin, who died on September 11, 1941) and George Martin, 104, Fountain Street, Londonderry.

Before the Great War, Robert Gallagher worked in the Rock Mills. A week prior to his death, news came that his brother, Lance Corporal John Gallagher, M.M., was a prisoner of war. Both brothers volunteered into the Ulster Division on the same day in September 1914.

Robert Gallagher's grandmother, Ellen Martin, died aged seventy-eight years at her residence Foxe's Lane on Sunday, October 10, 1909. At the inquest concerning her death, held the following day, her daughter, Ellen Gallagher, deposed that her mother, for the previous five years, had been unable to walk, and about 3.30 p.m. on the day before she expired when sitting at the fire. After evidence by Dr Barton McCaul the jury found a verdict of death due to heart failure.

On the first anniversary of Robert Gallagher's death, his family placed the following tribute in a Londonderry newspaper:

'When last we saw him smiling

He looked so strong and brave;

We little thought how soon he'd be

Laid in a British soldier's grave.'

On the third anniversary of the death of Private Gallagher, members of his family had the following lines inserted in a Londonderry newspaper:

'Somewhere in France, in the battle line,

Fought to his death that dear son of mine;

He fell in battle, it was nobly done;

Somewhere in France lies my darling son.'