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Letter - Clarrie Fraser to Mrs A Galbraith, World War I, 21 Dec 1916 Document Reg. No: ST 41201 1

Summary:
Letter written to Mrs Galbraith from Clarrie (Clarence McArthur) Fraser, serving with the AIF in France, dated 21/12/16. It is a reply to a letter sent by Mrs A Galbraith thanking the soldier, Clarrie, for writing to her. In the letter Clarrie writes that he still has some of Alfred's personal effects including letters and a bible which he will return when he goes on leave. A small photograph is included with the letter and envelope.

Clarrie is Driver Clarence McArthur Fraser, a friend of Alf's from Essendon. Clarrie enlisted on the same date as Alfred Galbraith (15 July 1915) and embarked for active service on the same day (23 November 1915).
Description:
Letter written in ink on two pieces of paper, lined on one side, and torn across the upper edge.
Acquisition Information:
Donation & Subsequent Transfer from Mrs M. Jamieson, 1985
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 265 mm (Height), 211 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: death mourning, wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Sapper Alfred Galbraith, AIF (1895-1916)
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Service
Tertiary Classification: correspondence
Inscriptions: Handwritten on first page in top right corner: 'France / 21/12/16'
Handwritten on first page, body of text: 'Dear Mrs Galbraith / Your welcome letter of Oct 22nd / reached me a few days ago, and I am pleased to / know that my letter to Mr Galbraith reached its / destination. / I am sure that all I did for Alf was only what was / due to him from a pal, & anyone else would have / done the same, but I am glad that I was in / a position to did [sic] what little I could and / to let you know a few particulars beyond / the bare fact that he was killed in action. / I still have his Bible and a bundle of letters / addressed to Alf, but I will keep them until / I get leave to England & will then forward / same to you. I will be getting leave inside of / six weeks. I was to go next week, but put it off / until I could cable home. / This is certainly a cruel war & I am afraid / that it is not nearly finished yet. / We are in the line now & have been in for a / month, but are going out for a spell tomorrow / morning. / Fortune was indeed very unkind to poor Alf; he was / killed in a quiet place & since then we have / been in parts of the line twenty times more dangerous'
Handwritten on second page, body of text: 'and have had only one man wounded in the whole / company. Such is Fate in the will of God. / We have had our turns in the hardest part of / the line (you can guess where) and have come / out practically scot free. / There is a lot of sickness amongst our boys at / present; the extreme cold is playing up with them. / I quite understand how the terrible news would / affect Mr Galbraith, and am sorry that all I can / do is to express my sympathy. / I must thank you for sending the parcel; it has / not arrived yet, but I believe the postal authorities / are holding all parcels till we go out of the line. / Please excuse me if I have been [crossed out] blunt or / abrupt in any way, as we have seen so many / awful sights, are in danger, & yet escape so often / and altogether lead a life so different from the / old one, that we [crossed out] now look on things in a / different light, & are apt to be a little abrupt. / Will close now, as darkness will be coming on / us shortly, though it is only about three o?clock. / Once again thanking you for the parcel / Yours sincerely / Clarrie Fraser / Lawson, from V.RI orchestra wishes to be remembered to Dr Galbraith.'
Author: Mr Clarence Fraser, Flanders, France, 21 Dec 1916
Addressed To: Mrs A Galbraith, Elsternwick, Victoria, Australia, 21 Dec 1916
Person Named: Alfred Galbraith, Flanders, France, 21 Dec 1916

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