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Hugh Raymond Gallagher was born in Ballarat and was a Carpenter by trade when he enlisted in the 8th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement on 9 July 1915 at the age of 19. His unit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 11 October 1915. At Zeitoun, Egypt, in March 1916 he was transferred to the 2nd Field Company Engineers, then shortly after, he joined the 15th Field Company Engineers in France. On July 20th 1916 he was wounded in action, suffering severe shrapnel wounds to his chest and left forearm, and was evacuated to the 2nd Southern General Hospital at Bristol, U.K. In late 1916 and the early months of 1917 he was plagued by illness, and spent many weeks away from his unit. In April 1917 he was able to rejoin his unit, but on August 3rd 1918 he was wounded again, gassed, and evacuated to the Beaufort War Hospital in England. After the war he returned home on the Demosthenes, disembarking at Melbourne on March 2nd 1919.
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