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Date of Birth
Date of Death
24 Feb 1918
War time / or Pre War occupation
Place of Birth
World War I Address
Place of Death
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Soldier or Civilian
Second Lieut Alfred Hugh Galbraith, 57th Training Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, died in a flying accident near Abbassia in Egypt on February 24th, 1918. He was just short of his 19th birthday.
He was the only surviving son of former Luton Town centre forward Hugh Galbraith and his wife Martha, of 69 Chapel Street. Hugh had married Martha Hearn at Christ Church, Luton, on July 4th, 1898, and Alfred was born the following year. Sister Marjorie was born in 1902. A brother, Harold, born in 1905, died in 1909 before his fourth birthday.
On leaving Old Bedford Road School, Alfred became an assistant clerk at an aeroplane works, where he studied aviation. After passing all the examinations he sat, he gained promotion. On reaching the age of 18 he joined the R.F.C. and was trained at Farnborough, where he gained his commission in August 1917.
The following month he set sail for Egypt. He was serving there at Christmas 1917, but no further news was received from him by his family until they were informed of his death in a brief telegram from Alexandria on the Tuesday after his accident.