Major R. D. Galbraith, MC
SAC 1907-1910

Major Robert Douglas Galbraith was born on May 28, 1893 in Toronto, Ontario, son of Emily  Galbraith. He was also the brother of Lieutenant John Stupart Galbraith, MC. He attended St. Andrew's College from 1907 to 1910 and later became a civil engineer. (His father had been the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science at the University of Toronto.) 

Galbraith enlisted on July 22, 1915 having had previous service with the Corps of Guides and as a Lieutenant with the 9th Mississauga Horse. He went overseas as a Lieutenant with the 75th battalion. He returned on special leave in October 1916 owing to the illness of his mother. He went back again and took a course at the Canadian Machine Gun School at Crowborough, going from there to the 60th Brigade Machine Gun Company, France where he served at St. Eloi, Ypres and Courcelette. In January 1917 he transferred to the 2nd Battalion Company Canadian Railway Troops with which he served for the next two years.. He was made a Captain and has been awarded the Military Cross (see below) for “daring and coolness under fire" at Villers Bretoneux in the Retreat of March 1918. After reorganizing his company he led it forward to its original position, which he held until relieved.

  • July 1915 Lieutenant 75th Battalion
  • April 1916 - Went to France with the Canadian Machine Gun Corps.
  • January 1917 Lieutenant 2nd. Battalion., Canadian Railway Troop, c/o Army P.O., London, Eng.
  • Officer Commanding 2nd Company, 127th Battalion, 2nd Canadian Railway Troop.  France
  • March 1918 - Military Cross
  • 2nd Battalion Canadian Railway Troops, France. Major
  • 1919 - Department of Soldiers Civil re-establishment, Information & Service Branch, 43 King W. 
After his return to Canada he was employed with the Department of Soldiers' Civil Re-establishment for some months, until he was forced to give up from ill health. Robert died of an operation September 12, 1920, at the age of 27. He had stomach trouble - adhesions - which were apparently a result of war.
  • Scanned Copy of Attestation Paper - Front - Back (National Archives)
Military Cross (MC)
“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Finding that the troops of other units on his right flank had withdrawn, he brought his company out in good order to a support trench 50 yards in rear. Going forward himself with a machine gun to his old position, he inflicted very heavy casualties on the enemy. Having expended all the available ammunition, he withdrew his men again to a comparatively sheltered position, where he reorganized and reinforced his company with men of other units. He then led his company forward to his first position, and maintained it until relieved. His personal example, great courage, and devotion to duty had a most inspiring effect on all ranks.” 
London Gazette June 22, 1918 and Canada Gazette  July 20, 1918, P234
With information from "University of Toronto, Roll of Service, 1914-1918"