George Frederick DRAYTON


DRAYTON, George Frederick

Service Number: 3382
Enlisted: 25 January 1917
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 60th Infantry Battalion
Born: Footscray, Victoria, Australia, November 1900
Home Town: Footscray, Maribyrnong, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 2 September 1918
Cemetery: Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension
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Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

25 Jan 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3382, 60th Infantry Battalion
16 Jul 1917: Involvement Private, SN 3382, 60th Infantry Battalion
16 Jul 1917: Embarked Private, SN 3382, 60th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Port Melbourne, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Frederic William and Annie Drayton, of "Lesgeolen," Clarke Avenue, Caulfield, Victoria

Mr. and Mr. Drayton of 3 Young street, Foctcray received sorrowing news from the Defence Department last week to the effect that their second soldier and youngest son, George Frederick, had been killed in action in France. Their eldest son, Leslie, died of wounds on 2nd October last year, and now George is reported killed in action on the 2nd of last month. Pte. G. F. Drayton is perhaps Footscray's youngest soldier to die fighting for his country, for he was only 17 years and 10 months old when he met his death. At the age of 16 years he enlisted in January, 1917, sailing on July 14. He went into the firing line with the 60th battalion and in February of this year be was admitted to hosptial suferring from trench fever. His cousin, Pte. Victor Every was reported killed in action only a day previous to that on which he was killed. Pte. Every's parents reside at Daylesford but he was well known in Footcray as he resided here for a few years. He left Australia in December of last year and was only 19 years of age.