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Pte. Thomas Gabbitas .     British Army 1st Btn. King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)   from Ormskirk, Lancashire

(d.9th Apr 1917)

My Great Grand Father, Thomas Gabbitas, was born in Ormskirk, Lancashire UK. He joined the Army in 1902, He served with The King's Own Regiment Lancaster,

He spent time in India, Had time in hospital with Nephritis and was finally posted to Arras in France.

He was Killed in Action on 9th April 1917. He has no known grave. This year 2010, I went to Arras to visit the Battle Fields and visited the site were he died !! Very moving moment..

Sandra Lee

Spr. F. Gabriel .     Canadian Army 1st Canadian Tunnelling Coy. (d.4th Dec 1917)

Spr. Frederick Gabriel .     Canadian Expeditionary Force. 1st Canadian Tunnelling Company   from Coduroy Valley, Newfoundland, Canada

(d.4th Dec 1917)

Fred Gabriel was a farmer's son. His older brother took over the farm on which they'd lived after their father died. Seeing that his father would not write out a Will and Testament and knowing the mind of his brother to own the land exclusively, Frederick left and joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He was sent to Ypres.

I know he served at the Battle of Messines but he died in December not June and I am unaware of what took his life. Another action in which he was involved, a previous injury, or succumbing to disease? I would like to know but have been unable to find any answer thus far.

His brother Alphonsus had a son Norman and I am Norman's child but named for "Uncle Fred". He is interred in Etaples military cemetery in Pas de Calais, France, section XXX plot 0-6

Editors Note:

Etaples was the location of many military hospitals, so it is likley that Fred passed away in one of these hospitals as a result of being injured.

Gerald Frederick Gabriel

Lt. Alfred Edward Gaby VC.     Australian Imperial Forces 28th Battalion   from Australia

(d.11th Aug 1918)

S. Flynn

Lt. Alfred Edward Gaby VC..     Australian Imperial Force 28th Btn.   from Scottsdale, Tasmania

(d.11th August 1918)

Alfred Gaby was killed in action 11th of August 1918, aged 26 and buried in the Heath Cemetery in France. He was the son of Alfred Athelstane Gaby and Adelaide Gaby and was born at Scottsdale, Tasmania

An extract from "The London Gazette, dated 29th Oct., 1918, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery and dash in attack, when, on reaching the wire in front of an enemy trench, strong opposition was encountered. The advance was at once checked, the enemy being in force about forty yards beyond the wire, and commanding the gap with machine guns and rifles. Lt. Gaby found another gap in the wire, and, single-handed, approached the strong point while machine guns and rifles were still being fired from it. Running along the parapet, still alone, and at point-blank range, he emptied his revolver into the garrison, drove the crews from their guns, and compelled the surrender of fifty of the enemy with four machine guns. He then quickly re-organised his men and led them on to his final objective, which he captured and consolidated. Three days later, during an attack, this officer again led his company with great dash to the objective. The enemy brought heavy rifle and machine-gun fire to bear upon the line, but in the face of this heavy fire Lt. Gaby walked along his line of posts, encouraging his men to quickly consolidate. While engaged on this duty he was killed by an enemy sniper."

s flynn

AM1. John Thomas Gadd .     Royal Flying Corps No.3 Sqdn.   from Birmingham

(d.30th Sep 1917)

John Gadd was the son of Thomas and Jane Gadd, of 125 Winson Green Rd., Birmingham He was killed whilst acting as an observer on a training formation flying flight on September 30th 1917, when his plane piloted by Lt. Victor Joseph Woodcock crashed out of control. John is now buried at Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery with his pilot buried alongside.

s flynn

Pte. John William Gadsby .     British Army 1/8th Btn. Leeds Rifles West Yorkshire Regiment   from Winterton

(d.09 Oct 1917)

Pte. Robert James Gaffikin .     Canadian Expeditionary Force. 3rd Canadian Tunnelling Company.   from Belfast Ireland

(d.15th September 1916)

Bruce Simpson

Sgt. Daniel Gaffing .     British Army 7th Battalion Border Regiment   from Jarrow

(d.23rd Apr 1917)

Daniel Gaffing, aged 34, died on 23 April 1917. He was the son of John and Alice Gaffing (nee Spelling) of 2 Frederick Street, Hebburn Colliery and husband of late Alice Gaffing (nee Birkett). Daniel was born in 1882 in Jarrow. He lived and enlisted in Jarrow. His younger brother, David, was also one of the fallen. Daniel is remembered at the Arras Memorial. Bay 6.


Gnr. David Gaffing .     British Army 26th Bty. 17th Bde. Royal Field Artillery   from Hebburn

(d.14th Oct 1917)

David Gaffing, aged 20, who died on 14th October 1917, had served with the 26th Battery, 17th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery as a Gunner (770370), He also had earlier service with the RFA Territorials as Gunner (1023). He is buried in Canada Farm Cemetery. His medal card shows award of 1915 Star, War and Victory Medals. His older brother, Daniel, was also one of the fallen.

David was born in Hebburn 1887 and lived there, son of John and Alice (nee Spellman)of 2 Frederick Street, Heppburn Colliery. In the 1911 England & Wales BMD census, David's parents were: John Gaffney, Head, aged 50, married and occupation listed as Coal Labourer. He was born in Felling, Durham. Alice Gaffney, Wife, aged 48, was born in Ruhope, Durham.

Vin Mullien

Pte. James Frederick Gaffing .     British Army 2nd Battalion. A Company Durham Light Infantry   from Jarrow

(d.9th Aug 1915)

James Frederick Gaffing Medal Index Card

James Frederick Gaffing aged 30, died on 9 August 1915. He was born in 1884 in Jarrow, son of the late Mary Ann Green (nee Gaffing) and husband of Elizabeth Jane Gaffing (nee Callighan)of 19 Milton Street, Jarrow. On the 1911 England and Wales BMD census he is listed as aged 25, married and his occupation was Labourer in a Copper Tube factory. He was born in Jarrow, Durham. His wife, Elizabeth Jane, was aged 21 and also born in Jarrow, Durham. Both residing at 17 Milton Street, Jarrow on Tyne. James is remembered in Ypres at the Menin Gate Memorial

Brass plaque on west face of Palmer Cenotaph in Jarrow

Vin Mullen

Rflmn. Francis Gaffney .     British Army 5th Battalion Border Regiment   from Mitcham, Surrey


Pte. Robert Gaffney .     British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers   from Durham City

(d.16th Aug 1917)

Robert Gaffney is buried in Tynecot cemetery


Pte. T.W. Gaffney .     British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers   from South Shields


Spr. Benjamin Gaines .     Canadian Army 1st Canadian Tunnelling Coy.   from 83 Hall Lane Cottages Thornhill Dewsbury England

(d.8th Aug 1917)

Pte. Ernest Gaines .     British Army 8th Btn. Border Regiment   from Rigg Street, Caldew Gate, Carlise, Cumbria.

(d.5th Jul 1916)

Ernest Gaines was a regular soldier. Living at Rigg Street, Caldew Gate, Carlise, Cumbria. He served in the 8th Border Regiment. He was born in York. A romany traveller man. He was sent to Romney Marsh Camp for training purposes in March to May 1916. He embarked to Boulonge. He was at Thiepval, the Somme on the 5th of July. He and his company took the German front lines and held them for 90 minutes. Till lack of reinforcement and ammmo forced a retreat. Sadly Ernest was killed/lost. He left a wife Annie and boy Alexander. He has no grave. But is on the Thiepval Memorial.

Robert Mtchell

Pte. Tom Gains .     British Army 21st Battalion Kings Royal Rifle Corps   from Brearton

(d.17th Sep 1916)

Tom Gains was one of a large farming family who lived in the country around Knaresborough. He was called up in 1915 at the age of 18 and joined the 21st Yeomanry Battalion being trained at Helmsley and then on to Salisbury Plain and France.

The battalion undertook later operations on the Somme Battle and was engaged in an attack on Flers Courcellette in September 1916. Tom died in the attack and has no known grave but is included on the Somme Memorial at Thiepval

David Watts

Pte. Arthur Daniel Gale .     British Army 1st Btn. Wiltshire Regiment   from Melksham, Wilts.

My father Arthur Gale volunteered in 1914 at the outbreak of war. He served with the Wiltshire regiment 1st Battalion and was in the trenches on Christmas Day 1914 and received the brass box royal gift. No fire until moved from trenches. He was wounded and returned to the UK. He was discharged I believe in 1916 after receiving the distinguished service medal and did not return to France. He told me of the Angel of Mons.

A J Gale

L/Cpl. Noel William Howard Gale .     Australian Imperial Force 2nd Btn.   from Goulburn, New South Wales

(d.2nd May 1915)

Noel Gale died on the 2nd of May 1915, aged 20 and is commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial in the Lone Pine Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey. He was the son of Blanche Gale, of Glengarrah, Lagoon St., Goulburn, New South Wales, and the late William Gale.

s flynn

Pte. Wilfred Gale .     Australian Imperial Forces 40th Btn.   from Elliott, Tasmania

Pte. Harry Gall .     British Army 9th Btn. York & Lancaster Regiment   from 17 Cambridge St, Pimlico, London

Harry Gall joined the army on 15th of Jan 1916 in the 5th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers. He embarked for France at Folkstone on the 16th of June 1916, disembarked at Boulogne same day. He joined 32nd Infantry Base Depot at Etaples on the 17th June 1917 and transfered to 9th Btn York & Lancs Regt on the 1st of July 1917. He took part in the fighting on the Asiago Plateau and the Battle of Vittorio Veneto. Harry transfered to the army reserve on demob on the 17th of March 1919

Michael Gall

A/Cpl. G. H. Gallacher .     Australian Imperial Force. 3rd Salvage Coy.

Pte. John Gallacher .     British Army 1st Battalion Royal Scots (d.1st Sept 1915)

John Gallacher served with the 1st Battalion Royal Scots in France 1915.He is buried in Ration Farm Military Cemetery.

Vin Mullen

Pte. Thomas Gallacher .     British Army 2nd Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers   from Partick, Glasgow, Scotland

(d.4th Aug 1915)

Thomas Gallacher was the husband of Grace Muir Gallacher whom he married in Glasgow in 1906. He was born on 16 June 1884 at 45 Smith Street, Whiteinch, Glasgow, the son of Thomas Gallacher and Rachel Gallacher (nee O'Brien). He was killed on active duty on 4th of August 1915.


Pte. Daniel Gallagher .     British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers   from Gateshead

T Gaffney was wounded in June-July 1916


Pte. H. Gallagher .     British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers   from South Shields

H Gallagher was discharged in 1918 sick


Pte. J. Gallagher .     British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers   from Durham City

J Gallagher was wounded in October 1916


Pte. James Gallagher .     British Army West Yorkshire Regiment   from 23 Bowman Lane, Leeds,Yorkshire

I'm trying to find more details of my Grandfather James Gallagher. I know from his short service record he was in the West Yorks Regiment and according to family stories he was in Malta but would like to more details.

Elaine Gallagher

Pte. John Joseph Gallagher .     British Army 12th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers   from Beacon Parade, Southowram,  Halifax

(d.27th Apr 1918)

John Gallagher was the eldest son of John and Ellen Gallagher, descendants of Irish immigrants. The story goes that John refused to go to Ireland where he had relatives to avoid the war and lied about his age when he enlisted. He was killed 2 months before his 21st birthday on 27th April 1918 and is buried in Lijssenthoek Cemetery in Belgium. His name is on the memorial in St Bernard's RC Church, Halifax.

Patricia Mawdsley

Cpl. John Gallagher .     British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers   from Ashington

John Gallagher suffered Gunshot in wounds 1917


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