6979580 Michael GALLAGHER, MM, 1 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

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    Lance-Corporal Michael Patrick Gallagher, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was awarded the Military Medal.
    At Hill 501, Yenangyaung, on April 19th, 1942, the Inniskillings were heavily engaged by the enemy. Due to the intense machine-gun and mortar fire one platoon on the left flank was forced to retire. Later on it was noticed that one man was lying wounded on the forward slope of the hill which was exposed to the enemy. Lance-Corporal Gallagher, at great personal risk, doubled forward to the wounded man, dressed his wound and gave him water. He then dragged the wounded man 70 yards to cover. During the time he was with the wounded man Corporal Gallagher was exposed to severe sniping, machine-gun and mortar fire.

    This act was a source of great encouragement to the men.

    Lance-Corporal Gallagher was born in Dublin.

    Name Gallagher, Michael Rank: Lance Corporal
    Service No: 6979580
    Regiment: 1/Inniskilling Fusiliers
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: Burma
    Award: Military Medal
    Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 28 October 1942
    Date 1942-1943
    Catalogue reference WO 373/30

    London Gazette:
    27 October 1942

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