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Dave Gallaher

Dave Gallaher was born in County Donegal in 1873 and emigrated with his family to New Zealand in 1878. Gallaher grew up to be a very talented rugby player and captained the ‘Original All Blacks’ on their tour of the British Isles in 1905-06. The Originals won 34 of their 35 matches during this tour. Described as a ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’ by the press, he is still considered a legend of the game. In 1906 he enlisted for service and fought in the Boer War. Then, although exempt from conscription due to his age, he enlisted in the New Zealand army in 1916 to fight in World War I. He was killed in action at the Battle of Passchendaele in Belgium in 1917. Video by Archives New Zealand.

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