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Forbes man among war casualties


April 28, 2018 by admin

Former Forbes man Nathanael Galagher will be remembered as a good mate and a country boy who loved the Australian lifestyle.
Nanjing Night Net

The 23-year-old former student of Forbes Primary and Forbes High schools was one of five Australian soldiers killed in action in Afghanistan last week.

Late last week the Defence Force revealed Private Galagher and Lance Corporal Mervyn McDonald from the Special Operations Task Group had been killed when a ISAF helicopter crashed in Helmand Province in the early hours of August 30.

Private Galagher, known as Nat by his Forbes friends, was born in Wee Waa in northern NSW, but spent about eight years in Forbes up until he completed his secondary schooling in 2006.

One of his best friends at Forbes High, Jarrod Morrison, said Nat was well-liked and respected.

“He was just a great bloke,” Jarrod said.

“Everyone that knew him, loved him. He would do anything for you – he loved a beer and a good laugh. He was just a great bloke,” he said.

Jarrod said his friend had always wanted to join the Army after school.

“As long as I can remember he had always wanted to join the Army – that’s what he always wanted to do and his plan was to join up as soon as he finished school,” he said.

Another mate of Nathanael at school and on the sporting field was Murray Sullivan Jr.

Nathanael Gallagher (left), was known as Nat by his mates, including Jesse Hamilton and Jarrod Morrison.

Murray said he and Nat had a couple of things in common and soon became friends.

“A genuine top bloke,” Murray said.

“He was a real country boy and the friendship I had with him, was probably because his dad was a shearer and so was mine … and we were both into horses,” he said.

“We all hung out at school – there was a group of about 15 boys who all played footy for the Magpies and hung around at school in a bit of a pack.”

Both schoolmates of Nat thought he would have believed the Army had a role to play in Afghanistan.

“I remember the first time he went over [to Afghanistan],” Jarrod said.

“He wanted to go but didn’t know what to expect. When he came back the first thing he said was he wanted to go back over.

“He was a career soldier and he definitely wanted to go back,” he said.

Both Murray and Jarrod thought many from Forbes would want to attend a memorial service for Nathanael.

“He was doing something to make everyone proud,” he said.

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