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6976614   Fusilier John Galloway
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 17/12/2019
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 03/04/1908
Died: 28/05/1940 (Killed in Action)
Age: 32
Summary      
John Galloway was the son of John and Kathleen Galloway. He was born about 1908. John was the husband of Mary Galloway of Stewartstown. Prior to enlistment John Galloway worked as a labourer. John Galloway enlisted 13th January 1930. Fusilier John Galloway served with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. It is believed that Fusilier John Galloway and two others were killed in action on 28th May 1940.
Further Information
John Galloway was the son of John and Kathleen Galloway.
John Galloway was apparently born on 3rd April 1908 in County Tyrone. However, no record can be found either on GRONI or in the 1911 census.
John was the husband of Mary Galloway of Stewartstown.
Prior to enlistment John Galloway worked as a labourer.
John Galloway enlisted 13th January 1930 in Omagh.
Fusilier John Galloway served with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 6th January 1940: Stewartstown
Private John Galloway, who was serving in France, was the first soldier from Stewartstown to arrive on leave last week. He says the boys are all of good cheer, and that everything is going okay.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 16th March 1940: From France to Wed
A military wedding took place in St Mary’s Catholic Church, Stewartstown, on Saturday morning, when Corporal Joseph Devlin, who had crossed from France on Tuesday night, was married to Miss K Devlin, of Railway Street, Stewartstown. The bridesmaid was Mrs John Galloway, whose husband is at present serving with the British forces in France, and the groomsman was Private John O’Neill of the Royal I F. The marriage ceremony was performed by the Rev P J Geatins, P.P. the bride’s father, Mr Joseph Devlin, is at present in training at Ballykinlar, and the groom is the son of Mr Francis Devlin of North Street, Stewartstown, who served in the Great War. The groom left on Tuesday to re-join his regiment in France.
At dawn on the 28th May 1940, B Company of 2nd Inniskillings were ordered to patrol forward to the St Elo area and came under heavy German artillery and small arms fire.
It is believed that Fusilier John Galloway and two others were killed in action on 28th May 1940.
Fusilier Galloway is buried at Dickebusch Old Military Cemetery near Ypres in Belgium.
John Galloway gravestone
John was survived by his wife Mary (Minnie), who later married Joe Quinn, who was a P.O.W. during the Second World War.
Fusilier John Galloway is commemorated locally on Stewartstown Cenotaph.
The CWGC record Fusilier John Galloway as the son of John and Kathleen Galloway. He is also recorded as the husband of Mary Galloway of Stewartstown, County Tyrone.
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Relevant Cookstown Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Stewartstown area Stewartstown CWGC lists wife in Stewartstown 54.575320 -6.677882
References and Links
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1 FindAGrave.com Photo of Fusilier John Galloway's grave
2 Forum discussion (WW2Talk) John Galloway, born County Tyrone
3 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Fusilier John Galloway's grave can be purchased here
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