Norman Carrington GALLAGHER

GALLAGHER, Norman Carrington

Service Numbers: 2588, 550
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 1st Machine Gun Company
Born: Not yet discovered
Home Town: Inverell, Inverell, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Epilepsy, United Kingdom, 26 April 1917, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Grantham Cemetery, Lincolnshire, England
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Inverell & District Memorial Olympic Pool WW1 Honour Roll, Inverell Oakwood & Cherry Tree Hill WW1 Honor Roll, Inverell War Memorial, Sydney United Grand Lodge Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

9 Aug 1915: Involvement Private, 2588, 1st Infantry Battalion
9 Aug 1915: Embarked Private, 2588, 1st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Runic, Sydney
6 Dec 1916: Embarked Private, 550, 1st Machine Gun Company, HMAT Orsova, Melbourne
6 Dec 1916: Involvement Private, 550, 1st Machine Gun Company

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Biography contributed by Cathy Sedgwick

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland”

Died on this date – 26th April…… Norman Carrington Gallagher was born at Delungra, near Inverell, NSW in 1886.

He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 22nd June, 1915 as a 28 year old, single, Bricklayer from 70 Liverpool Road, Paddington, Sydney, NSW.

Private Norman Carrington Gallagher, Service number 2588, embarked from Sydney, NSW on HMAT Runic (A54) on 9th August, 1915 with the 1st Infantry Battalion, 8th Reinforcements.

On 30th October, 1915 Private Gallagher joined his Battalion at Gallipoli from 8th Reinforcements. He disembarked at Alexandria from H.M.T. Huntsgreen on 28th December, 1915 (after the evacuation of Gallipoli).

He reported sick at Tel-el-Kebir on 20th January, 1916 & was admitted to 2nd Field Ambulance – epileptic then transferred to 2nd Casualty Clearing Station on 21st January, 1916. Private Gallagher was transferred & admitted to 2nd Australian General Hospital, Ghezireh on 21st January, 1916 with Epilepsy.

A Medical Report was completed on Private Norman Gallagher on 15th February, 1916 while at 2nd Australian General Hospital regarding his disability – Jacksonian Epilepsy. The disability had originally occurred in March, 1915 at Inverell, NSW. The Medical Board recommended that Private Norman Gallagher be discharged as permanently unfit.

On 17th February, 1916 Private Gallagher was transferred to 2nd Auxiliary Hospital at Heliopolis with Epilepsy then transferred to 1st Auxiliary Hospital at Heliopolis on 13th March, 1916.

He embarked from Suez on 12th April, 1916 for Australia on Hospital Ship Karoola for discharge due to Jacksonian Epilepsy.

Private Gallagher was written up while on No. 1 Australian Hospital Ship Karoola on 23rd April, 1916 – Overstaying leave by 1 hour & 15 minutes. He was reprimanded.

Mrs S. Gallagher, mother of Private Norman Carrington Gallagher, was advised that her son was returning to Australia on Hospital Ship Karoola & was due in Melbourne on 5th May, 1916.

Private Norman Carrington Gallagher was discharged from the Australian Imperial Force in consequence of medical unfitness on 23rd June, 1916.



On 24th July, 1916 Norman Carrington Gallagher re-enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force as a 29 year old, single, Bricklayer from “Oakwood” Inverell, NSW.

Private Norman Carrington Gallagher, Service number 550, embarked from Melbourne, Victoria on HMAT Orsova (A67) on 6th December, 1916 with the 1st Machine Gun Company, 9th Reinforcements. Private Gallagher was written up for an Offence on 7th January, 1917 while at Sea – Absent without Leave from 11pm on 1st January, 1917 to 9.30 on 2nd January, 1917. He was awarded 24 hours detention & a total forfeiture of 3 days’ pay.  Private Gallagher disembarked at Plymouth, England on 17th February, 1917. 

Reinforcements were only given basic training in Australia. Training was completed in training units in England.

He was marched in to Australian Details - Camps No. 6 & 7 at Perham Downs, Wiltshire on 18th February, 1917.

On 18th February, 1917 Private Gallagher was written up for an Offence while at Perham Downs – Disorderly Conduct. He was awarded 14 days Confined to Barracks from 19th February, 1917.

Private  Gallagher was marched out from Perham Downs on 23rd February, 1917 & marched in to Australian Machine Gun Training Depot at Belton Park, Grantham, Lincolnshire on 24th February, 1917.

On 26th March, 1917 Private Gallagher was written up for an Offence while at Belton Park – Overstaying Leave pass from 2 am to 8.30 am on 26th March, 1917. He was awarded 3 days Confined to Barracks & a total forfeiture of 1 days’ pay.

He was sent sick to Belton Hospital, Grantham, Lincolnshire, England on 26th April, 1917 with Epilepsy.


Private Norman Carrington Gallagher died at 11 am on 26th April, 1917 at Belton Hospital, Grantham, Lincolnshire, England from Epilepsy. A telegram was sent on 4th May, 1917 to A.I.F. Depots in England, Tidworth stating Private N. C. Gallagher, Number 350 had died of Pneumonia. A telegram was sent from O/C Military Hospital, Grantham to Administrative Headquarters, A.I.F on 7th May, 1917 stating that Private N. C. Gallagher had died on 26th April of Epilepsy.

He was buried in Grantham Cemetery, Grantham, Lincolnshire, England where 5 other WW1 Australian (or connected to) War Graves are located.


(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)