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Postcard - Alfred Galbraith to Mother, Ismailia, Egypt, 1915 Image Reg. No: ST 041215

Black and white postcard of the Railway station at Ismailia, Egypt, The postcard, post marked 29 November 1915, was written by Sapper Galbraith and addressed to Mother.

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.
Black and white postcard. Photographic image on obverse of railway station in Ismailia, Egypt. A note and address, handwritten in ink, is written on the reverse.
Description Of Content:
Black and white postcard of the Railway station at Ismailia, Egypt, where Alfred Galbraith trained with the 2nd Division Signal Company. On the back is a letter to his mother. He writes "hope you spend a good Christmas as I did. We had some chicken for dinner. It was good. Remember me to our friends With love to all, Your son, Alf." Alfred Galbraith Collection, First World War.
Acquisition Information:
Donation & Subsequent Transfer from Mrs M. Jamieson, 1985
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 89.00 mm (Height), 140.00 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Measurement From Conservation.

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Tagged with: australian army, australian military forces, christmas dinners, letters, military memorabilia, postcards, railway stations, wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918
Themes this item is part of: Sapper Alfred Galbraith, AIF (1895-1916), Public Life & Institutions Collection, Transport Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Personal Effects
Tertiary Classification: correspondence
Original Caption: "Ismailia - La Gare"
Inscriptions: Obverse, printed: ISMAILIA - La Gare
Handwritten on reverse: Dear Mother/ This is the/ outside view of the/ Railway Station I/ hope...(?) you spent a/ good Christmas as I/ did. We had some chicken/ for Dinner it was good/ Remember me to our/ friends I will write/ a letter shortly./ with love to all/ your son/ Alf; On Active Service/ Mrs A. Galbraith/ 5 Mackay Street/ Essendon/ Melbourne/ Victoria/ Australia
People Depicted: GALBRAITH, A.G.F.
Organisations Depicted: 5th Division Australian Army; 2nd Division Australian Army
Format: Postcard: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Ismailia, Egypt, 29 Nov 1915
Author: Alfred Galbraith, Ismailia, Egypt, 29 Nov 1915
Addressed To: Mrs A Galbraith, Essendon, Victoria, Australia, 29 Nov 1915


Rhonda Williamson Posted on 25 Apr 2012 10:34 AM
If Alf's mother had already died by July 1915 when he enlisted "His father gave written permission for him to join 'the Military Forces to serve the Empire abroad' (his mother had already died). " Then who is the postcard to?

...and the postcard is dated 29 Dec (XII) 15, which would support his description to his mum of Christmas dinner, hoping she had a good one too?
Really enjoying your posts on fb, keep up the great work! :-)
J Galbraith Posted on 03 Sep 2013 11:07 AM
Mother mentioned was his stepmother, his biological mother died of typhoid aged 26 when Alf was a year old

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