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Copy - Sketch, Graves in France, World War I, 1917 Image Reg. No: ST 041205

Copy of a sketch showing two plots at the Sailly-Sur-La-Lys Canadian Cemetery, France. The plots were the graves of Sapper AFG Galbraith and L. Cpl T A Johnston, both killed in action on 15 July 1916. Most of the men that died in the battle of Fromelles 19 - 20 July 1916 are buried in the Cemetery opposite, the ANZAC cemetery at Sailly-sur-la-lys.

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.
Photocopy of hand drawn sketch of headstones
Description Of Content:
Drawing of the graves of Sapper A.F.G. Galbraith K.I.A. 15/7/1916 and of of L/CPL T.A. Johnston who was killed at the same time. Galbraith is buried at the Canadian Cemetery at Sailly-sur-la-lys, France. It was not far from the Western Front trenches near Fromelles.
Acquisition Information:
Donation & Subsequent Transfer from Mrs M. Jamieson, 1985
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 200 mm (Height), 180 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: australian army, death mourning, letters, military memorabilia, sketches, wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918, william mcbride
Themes this item is part of: Sapper Alfred Galbraith, AIF (1895-1916), Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Memorials
Tertiary Classification: war graves & burials
Inscriptions: Handwritten on sketch: These crosses were erected by the members of the/ 5th Australian Divisional Signal Company in memory of/ their comrades L.Cpl. T.A. Johnston and Spr. G.F.A. Galbraith,/ both killed in Action 15th July 1916./ France,/ November 1917.
Organisations Depicted: 5th Division Signal Company
Format: Drawing: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Saiily-Sur-La-Lys, Somme, France, 1917
Person Commemorated: Alfred Galbraith, Saiily-Sur-La-Lys, Somme, France, 1916

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