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Commander William Joseph O' Reilly I, MBE, is a Commander in the Royal Navy, in command of the Gallant, a sloop of war composed of 18 cannons. Joining the navy in early 1743, as a Midshipman, he was quickly given a commission and command of the Gallant through his connection to Johnathan O' Reilly.

Background

Born on August 13, 1732, to James and Marie O' Reilly, William O' Reilly grew up in Yorkshire, England,

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