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Identification Discs - Sapper Alfred Galbraith, World War I, 1915-1916 Object Reg. No: ST 041193

Alternative Name(s): Identity Discs, Dog Tags, Dead Meat Tickets, Identity Bracelet

Two identification discs and an identity bracelet on a chain, bearing the name of Sapper Alfred George Finlay Galbraith. Issued during 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 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. He is buried at 254 Sailly-Sur-La-Lys Canadian Cemetery, France.

After he was killed in action, these identity tags were shipped with Sapper Galbraith's other personal effects to his next-of-kin, his father Alfred Galbraith. Included in the packet were a bible, two wallets, letters, photographs, two diaries, a pipe in a case, a cigarette holder, a tie clip, a steel mirror and six coins.
Two thin, circular, silver-metal discs attached on a loop to two silver-metal chains. The chain meets at a thin oval identity tag, creating an identity bracelet. There are engraved inscriptions on all three discs.
Acquisition Information:
Donation & Subsequent Transfer from Mrs M. Jamieson, 1985
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 133 mm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Overall object dimensions when laid out flat.

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Tagged with: death mourning, identifications, wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918, civilian id braclets
Themes this item is part of: Sapper Alfred Galbraith, AIF (1895-1916), Public Life & Institutions Collection, Australian Imperial Forces (AIF)
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Service
Tertiary Classification: uniform accoutrements
Inscriptions: Engraved on identity bracelet tag: 3648/ A.G.F.GALBRAITH/ 3 SECTION/ 5TH DIV.SIG.COY./ A.I.F. A.E./ P
Engraved on one identity disc - obverse: 3648/ 5 DIV SIG COY AE/ A.G.F. GALBRAITH/ P; reverse: "ABERLADY"/ MACKAY ST/ ESSENDON/ VIC./ AUST.
Engraved on other identity disc - obverse: AGF. GALBRAITH/ 3. SECTION./ 5 D.S.C./ P
Issued To: Alfred Galbraith, 1916
Place & Date Made: Australia, circa 1915
Issued By: Australian Imperial Force (AIF)

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