Clive Ebenezer GALLARD, ,2/19 Bn., A. I. F.

Male 1909 - 1942  (32 years)


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  • Name Clive Ebenezer GALLARD 
    Suffix ,2/19 Bn., A. I. F. 
    Born 25 May 1909  Eastwood, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ref:NSW BDM 29825/1909 , Service Record
    Gender Male 
    Marital status Never Married 
    Died 19 Jan 1942  Malaya Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cause: Killed in Action 
    • The 2/19th Infantry Battalion opened its headquarters at Walgrove Camp, west of Sydney, on 15 July 1940. It trained at Walgrove, Ingleburn, and Bathurst before embraking for Singapore, as part of the 22nd Brigade of the 8th Australian Division, on 2 February 1941. The 2/19th stood to arms on the night of 6 December 1941 but a month would pass before the first of its men were in action. On 7 January D Company was detached to form half a special force deployed to delay the Japanese approach to Endau, a town further north along the coast. One of its platoons was involved in a clash with the Japanese on 14 January. D Company returned to the battalion in time for its redeployment to the west coast on 17 January. The 2/19th was rushed forward to reinforce the beleaguered 2/29th Infantry Battalion at Bakri. It held the vital crossroad there throughout 19 January, long enough to allow for the withdrawal of the remnants of the 2/29th and the 45th Indian Brigade from the direction of Muar. The Japanese had already outflanked the 2/19th's position, however, and on the morning of 20 January a torturous withdrawal towards Parit Sulong commenced. The force managed to fight its way through a succession of Japanese roadblocks, while constantly harried from its rear and from the air, but was halted by strong positions around the bridge across the Simpang Kiri River at Parit Sulong. With its ammunition exhausted, casualties mounting, and no chance of relief, the force struck out through the jungle for Yong Peng on the morning of 23 January. It was forced to leave its wounded behind; they were subsequently massacred by the Japanese. For his courage and leadership throughout the action, the 2/19th's Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Charles Anderson, was awarded the Victoria Cross.Only 271 members of the 2/19th were mustered at Yong Peng and withdrawn to Johore Bahru.
    Buried
    • Remembered with Honour in Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore , and at panel 43 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial.
    Person ID I18753  Kirkpatrick Family
    Last Modified 14 Feb 2024 

    Father Silas James GALLARD, ,son of Edward Gallard,of Ryde,New South Wales.,   b. 1866, Ryde, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jul 1936, Cox's River, Burragorang, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Mother Lucy HICKS,   b. 27 May 1870, Ryde, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jul 1936, Ryde, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Married 29 Apr 1891  Ryde, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F7650  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart


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