Black and white postcard of the French Garden, Alexandria, Egypt. The postcard, written 19 February 1916, was sent by Sapper Alfred Galbraith 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.

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Black and white postcard of the French Garden in Alexandria, Egypt. In front of the garden are pedestrians and horses with buggies. On the back is a letter to his mother dated 19/2/16. He writes from Ismailia Camp that he will most likely go abroad in a week. Galbraith left Alexandria for the Western Front in June 1916. Alfred Galbraith Collection, First World War.

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Black and white postcard. Photographic image on obverse of French Garden, Alexandria, Egypt. A letter,handwritten in purple ink, takes up all of the reverse.

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