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David “Dave” Gallaher (30 October 1873 – 4 October 1917) was a New Zealand rugby union footballer, best known as the captain of “The Originals”, the first New Zealand national rugby union team to be known as the All Blacks. Although exempt from conscription due to his age Gallaher enlisted on 25 July 1916. While awaiting for his callup to begin training he learnt that his younger brother Company Sergeant Major Douglas Wallace Gallaher was killed at the age of 32 while serving with the 11th Australian Battalion at Laventie near Fromelles on 3 June 1916. In the attack on Gravenstafel Spur on 4 October 1917, Gallaher was wounded by a piece of shrapnel that penetrated through his helmet and died later that day at No 3 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, Gravenstafel Spur, aged almost 44. He is buried in grave No. 32513 at Nine Elms British Cemetery, which is located west of Poperinge on the Helleketelweg, a road leading from the R33 Poperinge ring road in Belgium. His regulation gravestone bears the silver fern – and gives his age as 41.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Gallaher

David “Dave” Gallaher (30 October 1873 – 4 October 1917) was a New Zealand rugby union footballer, best known as the captain of “The Originals”, the first New Zealand national rugby union team to be known as the All Blacks. Although exempt from conscription due to his age Gallaher enlisted on 25 July 1916. While awaiting for his callup to begin training he learnt that his younger brother Company Sergeant Major Douglas Wallace Gallaher was killed at the age of 32 while serving with the 11th Australian Battalion at Laventie near Fromelles on 3 June 1916. In the attack on Gravenstafel Spur on 4 October 1917, Gallaher was wounded by a piece of shrapnel that penetrated through his helmet and died later that day at No 3 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, Gravenstafel Spur, aged almost 44. He is buried in grave No. 32513 at Nine Elms British Cemetery, which is located west of Poperinge on the Helleketelweg, a road leading from the R33 Poperinge ring road in Belgium. His regulation gravestone bears the silver fern – and gives his age as 41.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Gallaher

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