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George Spencer DRYDEN

Regimental number5340
Place of birthDundee, Scotland
SchoolMorgan Academy School, Dundee, Scotland
Age on arrival in Australia19
OccupationFarm labourer
AddressNarromine Post Office, Narromine, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinMother, Mrs E S Dryden, Fruiterer, Dundee, Scotland
Enlistment date20 March 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll21 March 1916
Place of enlistmentDubbo, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 22 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Work near Westhoek on 20 September 1917.
Recommendation date: 25 September 1917

FateDied of wounds 10 August 1918
Place of death or woundingAmiens, France
Age at death29
Place of burialVignacourt British Cemetery (Plot VI, Row A, Grave No. 14), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William Ellis and Elizabeth Spence DRYDEN, 6 Nelson Terrace, Dundee, Scotland

Military Medal

'For conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty during the operations on 20th September 1917 near WESTHOEK. he displayed a most wonderful courage and coolness. he was in charge of 4 Lewis Guns and kept them working all the time. Being short of men he never left his gun, and had no sleep throughout. His guns inflicted many casualties on the enemy. His coolness and splendid cheerfulness under all circumstances kept his men together and filled them with confidence.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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