Lieutenant C. E. Gallagher, East Lancashire Regiment and North Nigeria Regiment, who was mentioned in despatches for operations between Sokoto and Burmi, April – July 1903, when he ‘with 15 Mounted Infantry in square, repulsed the attack of some 200 of the enemy and killed 50 of them’
Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, clasps, Cape Colony, Orange Free State ,Lieut. C. E. Gallagher. Rl. Lanc: Rgt:; King’s South Africa 1901-02, clasps, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902, Lt. C. E. Gallagher. E. Lanc. Rgt.; Africa General Service 1902-56, 1 clasp, N. Nigeria 1903, Lieut: C. E. Gallagher. N.N. Regt.
Cecil Edward Gallagher was born in May 1876, and served as a second lieutenant in the militia nearly two years before being commissioned into the Royal Lancaster Regiment in December 1899.
His obituary, which appeared in The Times of 10 May 1904, gives the following:
‘Second Lieutenant Cecil Edward Gallagher of the East Lancaster Regiment whose death on Saturday at “Fairview”, St. Margaret’s on Thames from Blackwater Fever contracted on service in Northern Nigeria, is announced. He had served in the mounted infantry of the North Nigeria Regiment since January 1903. During the South African War 1900-1902 he served with the 3rd (Militia) Battalion, Royal Lancaster Regiment, and with the 20th Mounted Infantry, and with the 1st Battalion, East Lancaster Regiment to which he was gazetted in September 1901. Part of his service in South Africa was with a mobile column in the Northern Transvaal. Mr Gallagher was the fourth son of Doctor John Gallagher, late of Bombay, and was twenty-seven years of age.’
Gallagher served with the North Nigeria Regiment as part of the West Africa Frontier Force from 14 September 1902. He was mentioned in despatches (London Gazette 24 January 1905) for his services during operations between Sokoto and Burmi, April – July 1903:
‘Lieutenant C. E. Gallagher, East Lancashire Regiment, with 15 Mounted Infantry in square, repulsed the attack of some 200 of the enemy and killed 50 of them.’
Lieutenant Gallagher is buried in Twickenham Cemetery.
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