Summary

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.

Physical Description

Printed letterhead with typewritten text in black ink.

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