Private George Frederick Drayton

Service number 3382
Birth Place Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, South Melbourne
Death Date 1918-09-02
Death Place France
Final Rank Private
Service Australian Imperial Force
  • 60th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 60th Australian Infantry Battalion
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918

Private George Frederick Drayton (3382, 60th Battalion) was born in South Melbourne, Victoria. He was working as a farm labourer when he enlisted in June 1917 with his parents’ consent. George was carrying rations in the front line at Peronne on 2 September 1918 when he was hit by a shell and killed. He was originally buried in an isolated grave but was later reinterred in the Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension, Peronne, France. George’s mother later wrote that he was 17 years and 10 months of age. George’s brother, Private Leslie Athol Drayton, was killed in action in Belgium in October 1917.



Date of enlistment 26 January 1917
Date of embarkation 16 July 1917
Date of death 02 September 1918
Date of fate 02 September 1918