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Commemorative Scroll & Letter - Sapper Alfred Galbraith, World War I, 1921 Document Reg. No: ST 041206

Summary:
Alternative Name(s): Memorial Scroll

Commemorative scroll for Sapper Alfred Galbraith, 5th Division Signal Company, AIF; letter and envelope from AIF Base Records Office, Victoria Barracks, postmarked 1921.

The letter from the Base Records Office was sent separately with a receipt slip to be returned to the AIF when the scroll arrived.

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.
Description:
The memorial scroll is headed by a Royal Crest, partially coloured, with GV RI at the top and the slogan 'Dieu et mon Droit' at its base. The wording reads:
'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 so that others might live in freedom. Let those who come after see to it that his name be not forgotten.'
Acquisition Information:
Donation & Subsequent Transfer from Mrs M. Jamieson, 1985
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 282 mm (Height), 183 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Measurement of Scroll only.

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Tagged with: australian army, australian military forces, memorial scrolls, military memorabilia, wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918
Themes this item is part of: Sapper Alfred Galbraith, AIF (1895-1916), Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Service
Tertiary Classification: memorial scrolls
Inscriptions: Commemorative scroll with King George V Royal Coat of Arms
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.

(Name and unit inscribed on bottom of scroll)
Place & Date Made: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 02 Nov 1921
Organisation Named: 5th Division Signal Company, 02 Nov 1921
Organisation Named: 2nd Division Signal Company, 02 Nov 1921
Person Named: Alfred Galbraith, 02 Nov 1921

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