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Commemorative Scroll - Sapper Alfred Galbraith, World War I, 1921 Document Reg. No: ST 41206 1

Commemorative scroll for Sapper Alfred Galbraith, 5th Division Signal Company, AIF. The scroll was sent to families of service personnel who died as a result of their combat in World War I.

Born in Maryborough, Sapper Alfred George Finlay Galbraith was the son of Alfred and Amy C. Galbraith, of W.R. Institute, Flinders Street, Station Buildings, Melbourne. He trained as an electrical engineer and enlisted in the Australian Army at the age of 20, in July 1915. His father gave written permission for him to join 'the Military Forces to serve the Empire abroad' (his mother had already died). Galbraith served in the 5th Division Signalling Company, Australian Engineers, AIF, embarking from Melbourne on 23 November 1915 on the 'Ceramic'. He went to Egypt for further training, then was shipped to France, disembarking 27 June 1916 at Marseilles. Less than three weeks later, on 15 July, he received a wound in the thigh and a 'penetrating wound in the neck'. He died the same day at the 8th Australian Field Ambulance.
A printed piece of cream paper, with a coloured crest at top, text printed below, and the recipent's name written underneath the text in red ink.
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 282 mm (Height), 183 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918, australian military forces, australian army, military memorabilia, memorial scrolls
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, HRH King George V (1865-1936), Sapper Alfred Galbraith, AIF (1895-1916)
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Service
Tertiary Classification: correspondence
Inscriptions: Printed at top of crest: GvRI
Text : He whom this scroll commemorates/ was numbered among those who,/ at the call of King and Country, left all/ that was dear to them, endured hardness,/ faced danger, and finally passed out of/ the sight of men by the path of duty/ and self-sacrifice, giving up their own/ lives that others might live in freedom./ Let those who come after see to it/ that his name be not forgotten.
Handwritten below text: Spr. Alfred George Finlay Galbraith/ 5 Div. Sig. Goy. A.I.F.
Person Named: Alfred Galbraith, Victoria, Australia, 1921
Person Named: HM King George V, England, Great Britain, 1921


j.e.jenkins Posted on 18 Jan 2010 12:46 AM
Hi would it be possible to get a copy of memorial scroll for 585 thomas. william. david jenkins killed. 10 6 1916 .
Discovery Centre Posted on 18 Jan 2010 3:31 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi, thanks for your enquiry. The above scroll is one of many objects in the History and Technology collection. Perhaps consider contacting the Australian War Memorial to request a 1916 memorial scroll, the details can be found here: http://www.awm.gov.au/
Matthew Jenkins Posted on 23 Dec 2011 2:46 AM
T.W.D. Jenkins is of my family too; my grandfather's eldest brother. Would you mind passing my email to the person above who is interested in the scroll? I'm curious!
Discovery Centre Posted on 23 Dec 2011 1:18 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Matthew, we have passed your email address onto J.E. Jenkins.
Matthew Jenkins Posted on 29 Dec 2011 5:13 AM
Many thanks! Already received an email from a relative I didn't know I had. I cannot for a minute imagine a British institution being this helpful!

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