Nathaniel Fergus Gallager
From Our Contribution
|Date of Birth||11 Sep 1918|
|Place of Birth||Armadale, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||24 years, 2 months|
|Description||5'3" (1.60m_ tall ; ; medium complexion ; blue eyes ; light brown hair|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||96 Stirling street, Perth, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Mother , Mrs Lena Gallager|
|Reg Number||W3330 & WX35477|
|Date of Enlistment||25 Nov 1942|
|Unit/Formation||138 Australian General Transport Company|
|Post War Details|
|Fate||Remained in Australia|
War Medal 1939-45 |
Australian Service Medal 1939-45
Initial enlistment was with the CMF, Regimental Number W3330 from 28 Mar 1940 until 8 Feb 1942 on a part time basis with the 7th Heavy Artillery Brigade, and then from 9 Feb 1942 until 26 Nov 1942 on a full time basis. On 27 Nov 1942 he enlisted full time with the 2nd AIF until 13 Dec 1945.
Nathaniel's service began with a 3 month long camp from 16 Apr 1940. On 23 May 1941 he was transferred to the Australian Army Service Corps at Claremont where he again went through a training camp. Called up for full time duty on 9 Feb 1942 at the Melville camp, in early 1942 he was posted to the 138th Australian General Transport Company. From 13 Mar until 22 Mar 1943 he was detached to the 16th Battalion, and from 14 - 20 April 1942 he was detached to the 2/28th Battalion. He was granted some leave in July and then leave without pay (seasonal leave in Moora) from 30 October until 20 November 1942.
On 5 Jan 1943 Nathaniel was charged with drunkenness for which he was awarded 3 days Confined to Barracks. In July 1943 he was found to be proficient and received the pay increase associated with it, and on 4 Aug 1944 he was granted 22 days leave. His unit was transferred to NSW at this time, as on 1 May 1945 he appears to have been on detachment to the 2nd Engineers Store Base Depot where he was charged with leaving his guard post before he was relieved. For this he was fined £3 ($6). This was compounded on 5 May 1945 when he had his proficiency bonus removed as well. On 18 May 1945 he transferred to the 1st Australian Base Depot, and then on 10 Aug 1945 to the NSW Line of Command Recruit Reception and General Duties Depot. Transferred to the equivalent unit in WA, he was discharged on 13 Dec 1945. At the time of his discharge he was a member of 26 Australian Works Company.
Electoral Roll entries: 1949 Holyoake, labourer; 1954 - 1958 Sixth road Armadale, farmer; 1968 - 1980 at 15 Sixth road, Armadale, lube attendant.