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Sapper Andrew Rowan Gallocher

Royal Engineers 1st Lowland Field Company
Service No: 2230

Andrew Rowan Gallocher grave

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of Hugh and Sarah Gallocher of 217 Dundyvan Rd, Coatbridge. Andrew made a Will leaving all his property and effects to his brother Robert.

Born / Resided

Everton / 217 Dundyvan Rd, Coatbridge

Died

Died 12/04/1916 of wounds to the chest

Enlisted

Coatdyke

Employed

Calder Tube Works

Age

27

Buried / Remembered

Bethune Town Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

Cemetery / Memorial Information

For much of the First World War, Bethune was comparatively free from bombardment and remained an important railway and hospital centre, as well as a corps and divisional headquarters. The 33rd Casualty Clearing Station was in the town until December 1917. Early in 1918, Bethune began to suffer from constant shell fire and in April 1918, German forces reached Locon, five kilometres to the north. The bombardment of 21 May did great damage to the town and it was not till October that pressure from the Germans was relaxed. Bethune Town Cemetery contains 3,004 Commonwealth burials of the First World War,11 being unidentified. This icludes 26 men of the 1/8th Manchester Regiment who were killed by a bomb on 22 December 1917 while marching to rest billets. There are also 122 French and 87 German war graves, 38 of the German burials are unidentified.

Additional Information

Andrew had 10 years service between the Volunteers and Territorials. Andrew was taken to hospital with a severe chest wound . He died an hour or two later. See newspaper clipping for letters to his father from the Chaplain and Captain W Shanks. Also remembered on the Stewarts and Lloyds Roll of Honour (see photos)

Photos
  Medal Index Card  newspaper clipping  remembered at home

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