Group of Four: British War Medal 1914-18; Victory Medal 1914-19; War Medal 1939-45; Australia Service Medal 1939-45. Chaplain A.H.Gallop. A.I.F. on first two medals, N429574 A.H.Gallop on last two medals. All medals impressed, the first two medals renamed official replacements. Good very fine.
Together with a pair of Christian Chaplains Dept collar badges 1912-18.
Alfred Henry Gallop of Woollahra, Sydney, NSW supplied a statutory declaration to Base Records AIF, Victoria Barracks, Melbourne on 7 May 1932 in which he stated that his British War Medal, Victory Medal and Returned Soldier's badge were lost on 31 July 1925 at Jamberoo, NSW when the Rectory in which he lived and all its contents were accidentally and totally destroyed by fire. Subsequently replacements were issued by registered mail and he acknowledged receipt of same at Woollahra on 23 May 1932.
Alfred Henry Gallop, clerk in holy orders (Church of England) at The Rectory in Kiama NSW, age 29, born at Richmond, Melbourne, Vic; WWI: Enl.24Aug1916 and appt'd Chaplain 4th Class; Emb.04Sep1916; service in England, France and Flanders; to T/Chaplain 3rd Class 24Aug1918; RTA05Dec1918; Appointment Terminated 16Mar1920 and to Reserve List; Chaplain 3rd Class 08Jan1931; Chaplain 4th Class 09Feb1934; WWII: Enl.23Nov1942 in Militia at Paddington, Sydney, NSW; served at Camp HQs Liverpool in NSW Lines of Communication Area; to Chaplain 4th Class 01Sep1944; Disch.13Sep1946 at rank of Captain ex HQ Eastern Command and to Retired List; Died 1973 at St Leonards, NSW.
In 1915 Rev. A.H.Gallop was the curate of St Stephen's Newtown and then transferred to Christ Church at Kiama as 'locum tenens' for the Rector Rev. H.M.A.Pearce. In 1916 when he departed to serve as Chaplain with the AIF a gathering was held in his honour and he was presented with a gold double faced wristlet watch and a fine pocket camera by Major Honey on behalf of the congregation.
In 1925 when his service medals were destroyed by fire at Jamberoo, it was reported that the church rectory was totally destroyed by fire in 20 minutes and that Rev Gallop and his wife and child were in bed at the time the fire started and barely escaped with their lives.
With copy of service file, research and WWI delivery envelope for War Medal.