Summary

Black and white postcard of the Railway station at Ismailia, Egypt, The postcard, post marked 29 November 1915, was written by Sapper Galbraith and addressed to Mother.

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 of Content

Black and white postcard of the Railway station at Ismailia, Egypt, where Alfred Galbraith trained with the 2nd Division Signal Company. On the back is a letter to his mother. He writes "hope you spend a good Christmas as I did. We had some chicken for dinner. It was good. Remember me to our friends With love to all, Your son, Alf." Alfred Galbraith Collection, First World War.

Physical Description

Black and white postcard. Photographic image on obverse of railway station in Ismailia, Egypt. A note and address, handwritten in ink, is written on the reverse.

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