Frank Galbraith

Male 1893 - 1918  (25 years)


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  • Name Frank Galbraith 
    Born 14 May 1893  Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1901  Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Census 1906  Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Name Charles Frank Galbraith 
    Occupation Between 1916 and 1918 
    Pilot for the RCAF 
    • Lieutenant (Temporary Captain) Charles Franklin Galbraith - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 2 November 1918. Home in Burnside, Manitoba (student at law); served in CEF; to RFC, 16 April 1917; served in No. 5 Squadron, 13 January to 15 September 1918; died of wounds 16 September 1918.

      Capt. C.F. Galbraith D.F.C. was born in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba May 14th 1893, the son of the late Mr. & Mrs. John Galbraith of the Burnside district situated 10 miles west of Portage la Prairie. He received his elementary and High School education in Portage la Prairie and upon graduation entered the Merchants Bank. At the time of his enlistment he was a law student with the law firm of Hudson, Ormond, Spice and Symington of Winnipeg.
      Capt. Galbraith enlisted on Feb. 25th 1916 in the C.A.S.C. and spent 1 year and 130 days in that department of the Canadian Army, he received his transfer to the R.F.C. and completed his course at Oxford where he graduated as a Flt. Lieut. in Nov. 1917.

      Throughout the recent operations this officer has carried out work of outstanding merit in attacking enemy troops on the ground and in obtaining information as to the position of our infantry and cavalry and those of the enemy. He has also taken photographs from very low altitudes, and which were urgently required.

      He was appointed to the rank of Capt. on Sept 10th 1918 and while on a photographic patrol on Sept 15th 1918 he was hit by enemy action and died of wounds in a field hospital on Sept. 16th 1918. Shortly before his last flight he was awarded the D.F.C. (Distinguished Flying Cross). The award was presented to Capt. Galbraith's parents by the then Duke of Windsor in 1919 in Portage la Prairie.

      Capt. Galbraith's family has been informed that at the time of his death he had accrued more operational flying time over enemy's lines than any other Canadian pilot, or observer who served in #5 Squadron during the entire war. His number of war flying hours in fact was hardly challenged by his many Canadian contemporaries. The family have also been informed that the day-by-day exploits of Capt. Galbraith whose life was in constant jeopardy, both from marauding enemy aircraft and constant, intense and accurate ground fire were known by all his contemporaries and his war work was spoken of with pride by the many Flying Officers in the other units which made up the 1st Brigade Squadron at Aulney, Auchy and Avenes-les-Sec.
      Capt. Galbraith is buried in the British Military Cemetery near Duisans France.
    Reference Number 3234 
    _HASHTAG Death: Killed in Action 
    • This person was killed in a war
    _HASHTAG Death: Tombstone Picture 
    • Tombstone Picture
    _HASHTAG Des:English 
    • Any person who is a descendant from someone born in England
    _HASHTAG Race: White or Unknown 
    • Person is White or of unknown race
    _HASHTAG War 1914-1918 WWI 
    • Served in World War I (1914-1918)
    _HASHTAG War CAF 
    • Served in the Royal Canadian Air Force
    Died 16 Sep 1918  , , France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Aft 16 Sep 1918  Duisans, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • There is a memorial for him in Hillside Cemetery in Portage la Prairie, MB. Plot: Section: 228, Plot: 78, Grave: 2
    Tombstone, Canada, Manitoba, Portage La Prairie
    Tombstone, Canada, Manitoba, Portage La Prairie
    Person ID I3234  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 27 May 2017 

    Father John Galbraith,   b. Mar 1863, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Feb 1938, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years) 
    Mother Margaret Spice,   b. 1869, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1950  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 18 Dec 1889  Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F1646  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Aft 16 Sep 1918 - Duisans, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Capt. Charles Franklin Galbraith & Unknown
    Capt. Charles Franklin Galbraith & Unknown
    The Australian observer who is with Frank in the picture had flown constantly with Frank but was on leave on the day he volunteered for duty which proved fatal.  Sadly, the observer didn't keep in contact with the family.  The picture was given from Marjorie Galbraith Sissons to Robert Hamilton on July 24th, 1989.  The name of the plane he flew was the 'Kildonan'.
    Charles Franklin Galbraith
    Charles Franklin Galbraith
    Frank Galbraith in front of Mess
    Frank Galbraith in front of Mess
    Taken in NetherAvon, Netherlands
    Frank Galbraith
    Frank Galbraith
    The 'Kildonan'.
    Capt. Charles Franklin Galbraith & Unknown
    Capt. Charles Franklin Galbraith & Unknown
    The Australian observer who is with Frank in the picture had flown constantly with Frank but was on leave on the day he volunteered for duty which proved fatal. Sadly, the observer didn't keep in contact with the family. The picture was given from Marjorie Galbraith Sissons to Robert Hamilton on July 24th, 1989. The name of the plane he flew was the 'Kildonan'.
    Charles Franklin Galbraith
    Charles Franklin Galbraith
    Frank Galbraith in front of Mess
    Frank Galbraith in front of Mess
    Taken in NetherAvon, Netherlands
    Frank Galbraith
    Frank Galbraith
    The 'Kildonan'.

  • Sources 
    1. [S490] Census, Canada, 1901, Canada., (Ancestry. \i 1901 Census of Canada [database on-line]\i0 . www.ancestry.ca : 2006), district 8, sub-district K-9, Portage La Prairie, p. 1, family 2, John Galbraith; (www.ancestry.ca : accessed 11 Jul 2015) (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S502] Census, Northwest Provinces, 1906, Canada. Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta., (Ancestry. \i 1906 Canada Census of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta\i0 . www.ancestry.ca : n.d.), district 6, sub-district 19B, Portage La Prairie, p. 53, John Galbraith; (www.ancestry.ca : accessed 11 Jul 2015) (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S680] CAN, MB, Vital Statistics Agency, Government of Manitoba, ((http://vitalstats.gov.mb.ca)), accessed 22 May 2017), entry for John Galbraith and Maggie Spice's 1889 marriage. (Reliability: 3).