Katikati e-memorial for soldiers who left from Katikati to serve in World War One

A project completed in association with the Katikati Returned Services Association.

Information kindly researched and provided by P.R.Lascelles NZEF Research Service with additional material provided by local families.

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Serial No. 654
Rank Company Sergeant Major
Full Name Douglas Wallace GALLAHER
Body 11th Bn ., Australian Infantry, A.I.F
Last Address
Next of Kin Son of David and M. Gallaher; husband of Eva Louisa Gallaher, of 169, Lord St., East Perth, Western Australia. Born in New Zealand.
WW1 Medal Entitlement
Casualty List
Roll of Honour Died Saturday, 3rd June 1916. Age 32.
Commemorative Information
Cemetery Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix, Pas de Calais, France
Panel Number I. J. 46.
Location Fleurbaix is a village 5 kilometres south-west of Armentieres on the D22. Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery will be found by taking the D175 from Fleurbaix towards Fauquissart, then the D171 towards Petillon. The cemetery is on the south side of the road from Petillon to La Boutillerie.
Additional Information The cemetery was begun in December, 1914, and used by fighting units until March, 1918. In April, 1918, it fell into enemy hands, but one further burial was in September, 1918, after the German retreat. It consisted at the Armistice of twelve Battalion burial grounds, made by units which had occupied the Headquarters and Dressing Station at "Eaton Hall", adjoining the cemetery. It was enlarged later by the concentration of graves from other cemeteries and the battlefields over a wide area round Fleurbaix. There are now just over 1,500, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, nearly half are unidentified and a special memorial is erected to one soldier from the United Kingdom, believed to be buried among them. Other special memorials record the names of two Indian soldiers; and a third group commemorates 15 Canadian soldiers, five from the United Kingdom one from Australia, buried in other cemeteries, whose graves were destroyed by shell fire. Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery is irregularly arranged, because of the conditions under which it was made; and the groups of concentrated burials are among the original groups of graves. It covers area is 5,983 square metres and is enclosed by a low red brick wall. The following were among the burial grounds from which British graves were brought to this cemetery:- BERSEE CHURCHYARD (now closed), in which three soldiers from the United Kingdom were buried in October, 1918. CUTHBERT FARM CEMETERY, RICHEBOURG-L'AVOUE, on the road from Neuve-Chapelle to Pont-Logy, containing the graves of 44 soldiers from the United Kingdom and two from India who fell in 1914-15. DON GERMAN CEMETERY, ALLENNES-LES-MARAIS, at the Chateau-du-Bois, containing the graves of nine soldiers from the United Kingdom and one from India who fell in 1914-18. EIGHTH CANADIANS CEMETERY, LENS, 2.4 kilometres North of the centre of Lens, containing the graves of 15 soldiers of the 8th Canadian Infantry Battalion, who fell in August, 1917. GONDECOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY GERMAN EXTENSION, in which were buried about 650 German soldiers and ten soldiers and one airman from the United Kingdom. HALPEGARBE GERMAN CEMETERY, ILLIES, in the hamlet of Halpegarbe, which contained the graves of eight soldiers from the United Kingdom. (There was another on the South side of the hamlet.) HANTAY COMMUNAL CEMETERY GERMAN EXTENSION, containing the graves of one soldier from the United Kingdom and one from India. HERRIN CHURCHYARD AND GERMAN EXTENSION; the Germans buried five soldiers from the United Kingdom in the Churchyard in 1915 and two in the Extension in 1918. ILLIES CHURCHYARD, where the Germans buried one soldier from the United Kingdom in 1914. LA BASSEE COMMUNAL CEMETERY GERMAN EXTENSION, used by the Germans for the burial of seven soldiers from the United Kingdom and by the 55th (West Lancashire) Division in October, 1918, for the burial of 29 of their men. LAMBERSART COMMUNAL CEMETERY GERMAN EXTENSION, which contained the graves of 1,016 German soldiers, 32 soldiers and airmen from the United Kingdom and two soldiers from Australia; and LAMBERSART GERMAN CEMETERY, a permanent cemetery of 5,045 burials on the North-West side of the village. LE PETIT MORTIER GERMAN CEMETERY, STEENWERCK, which contained the graves of 86 German soldiers and two from the United Kingdom. MERRIS CONVENT GERMAN CEMETERY, in which one Australian soldier was buried in May, 1918. RUE MASSELOT (2nd LINCOLNS) CEMETERY, LAVENTIE, 800 metres North of Fauquissart, where 54 soldiers from the United Kingdom including 37 of the 2nd Lincolns) were buried in 1915 and 1918 in an orchard. In May-August, 1918, the Germans made two considerable cemeteries (now removed), almost surrounding it. SALOME CHURCHYARD GERMAN EXTENSION, containing the grave of an officer of the H.L.I. The German graves were taken to SALOME COMMUNAL CEMETERY GERMAN EXTENSION (now containing 2,374 burials), from which twelve British graves were removed to Rue-Petillon. VERLINGHEM CHURCHYARD GERMAN EXTENSION (now removed), containing the graves of three British soldiers. (VERLINGHEM GERMAN CEMETERY, on the South-West outskirts of the village, is permanent, and contains 1,152 burials.) WERVICQ-SUD GERMAN CEMETERY (now removed), on the road to Le Blaton, where 23 soldiers from the United Kingdom were buried in November, 1914, and April, 1918; five graves were removed to Rue-Petillon and 18 to Messines Ridge British Cemetery.
Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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Left: Douglas Wallace Gallaher
7 August 1883 - 3 June 1916