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Letter - Location of Sapper Alfred Galbraith's Grave, AIF, 10 Mar 1921 Document Reg. No: ST 041204

Letter to Alfred Galbraith's Father from the A.I.F. containing the location of the grave of Alfred Galbraith. Enclosed with the letter were photographs of the grave. Galbraith was buried at 254 Sailly-Sur-La-Lys Canadian Cemetery, France. This cemetery was not far from the front line trenches near Fromelles. Most of the men that died in the battle of Fromelles, 19-20 July 1916 are buried in the Cemetery opposite.

Born in Maryborough, Sapper Alfred George Finlay Galbraith was the son of Alfred and Amy C. Galbraith, of V.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.
Printed letterhead with typewritten text in black ink.
Acquisition Information:
Donation & Subsequent Transfer from Mrs M. Jamieson, 1985
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 265 mm (Height), 205 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: australian army, australian military forces, death mourning, graves, letters, 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: correspondence
Inscriptions: Printed, black ink: AUSTRALIAN IMPERIAL FORCE. / BASE RECORDS OFFICE / VICTORIA BARRACKS, / Melbourne,...

Typewritten text, black ink: 10th March 1921.

Further text follows.
Place & Date Depicted: Saiily-Sur-La-Lys, Somme, France, 10 Mar 1921
Issued By: Australian Imperial Force (AIF) Base Records Office, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 10 Mar 1921
Addressed To: Mr Alfred Galbraith, Essendon, Victoria, Australia, 10 Mar 1921
Organisation Named: 5th Division Signal Company, 10 Mar 1921
Organisation Named: 2nd Division, Australian Army, 10 Mar 1921
Person Named: Alfred Galbraith, 10 Mar 1921

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