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Postcard - Field Service, Alfred Galbraith to Mrs J Breare, 12 Jul 1916 Image Reg. No: ST 041216

Summary:
Field service postcard showing an early form of censorship sent by troops from the Front during World War I. The message is compiled by crossing out pre-printed lines that are not relevant. The postcard is from Alfred Galbraith to Mrs J. Breare, 54 Rosebery Ave, South Shields [in South Tyneside], England and is dated 12 July 1916. He was killed three days later in France.

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:
Buff coloured postcard pre-printed with phrases. Filled in with blue pencil
Description Of Content:
Field service postcard showing an early form of censorship sent by troops from the Front during World War One. The message is compiled by crossing out pre-printed lines that are not relevant. The postcard is from Alfred Galbraith to Mrs J. Beare, 54
Rosebury Ave. South Shields, England in 1916. Alfred Galbraith was in, Flanders, France with the 5th Division Signal Company. Alfred Galbraith Collection, First World War.
Acquisition Information:
Donation & Subsequent Transfer from Mrs M. Jamieson, 1985
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 87 mm (Height), 138 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: australian army, australian military forces, communications, letters, military memorabilia, postcards, trenches, wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918, military censorship
Themes this item is part of: Sapper Alfred Galbraith, AIF (1895-1916), Information & Communication Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Personal Effects
Tertiary Classification: correspondence
Inscriptions: On reverse: NOTHING is to be written on this side except the/ date and signature of the sender. Sentences not/ required may be erased. If anything else is added/ the post card will be destroyed./I am quite well/ I have been admitted into hospital/sick/wounded/and am going on well/and hope to be discharged soon/ I am being sent down to the base/ I have received your/ letter dated__/ telegram "__/ parcel "__/ Letter follows at first opportunity/ I have received no letter from you/ lately/ for a long time/ Signature only
Handwritten signature: A.G. Galbraith/ 12.7-16
On obverse: FIELD SERVICE/ POST CARD; The address/ only to be writ-/ ten on this side./ If anything else/ is added, the/ post card will/ be destroyed.
Handwritten address: Mrs J Breare/ 54 Rosebery Ave/ South Shields/ England
People Depicted: GALBRAITH, A.G.F.
Organisations Depicted: 5th Division Signal Company
Format: Postcard: Black & White
Author: Alfred Galbraith, France, 12 Jul 1916
Addressed To: Mrs J Breare, South Shields, England, Great Britain, 12 Jul 1916

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