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Telegram - Sapper Alfred Galbraith to A. Galbraith, Cairo, 22 Mar 1916 Document Reg. No: ST 041208

Telegram (cablegram) from Sapper Alfred Galbraith to his family in Melbourne during World War I. The cablegram was lodged in Cairo, Egypt and reads 'New Address fifth divisional signal company doing well. Alf Galbraith.'

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.
Paper, printed and typed
Acquisition Information:
Donation & Subsequent Transfer from Mrs M. Jamieson, 1985
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 90 mm (Height), 210 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: army camps, australian army, australian military forces, communications, military memorabilia, training, wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918, military forces
Themes this item is part of: Sapper Alfred Galbraith, AIF (1895-1916), Information & Communication Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Service
Tertiary Classification: correspondence
Typed: PASSED; Eastern 83/ Cairo 22nd 2 p.m./ 15 efm/ A Galbraith/ Railway Institute/ Melb/ New address fifth divisional signal company doing well/ 9 31am/ Alf Galbraith
Place & Date Depicted: Cairo, Egypt, 22 Mar 1916
Author: Alfred Galbraith, Cario, Egypt, 22 Mar 1916
Addressed To: Mr Alfred Galbraith, Essendon, Victoria, Australia, 22 Mar 1916
Organisation Named: 2nd Division, Australian Army, 22 Mar 1916
Organisation Named: 5th Division, Australian Army, 22 Mar 1916

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