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Oliver William DRYDEN

Regimental number4191
Place of birthSurry Hills, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationButler
Address362 Norton Street, Leichhardt, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29.10
Height5' 5.5"
Weight137 lbs
Next of kinFather, O W Dryden, 362 Norton Street, Leichhardt, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date4 September 1915
Place of enlistmentWarwick Farm, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll54th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 26 September 1917
Place of death or woundingThird Battle of Ypres, Belgium
Age at death31
Place of burialBedford House Cemetery (Enclosure No 2, Plot I, Row A, Grave No 22), nr Zillebeke, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
159
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to and proceeded to join 54th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 16-17 July 1916 (gun shot wound, face); admitted to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 20 July 1916; transferred to Ambulance Train, 21 July 1916, and admitted to 30th General Hospital, Calais; transferred to England, 26 July 1916, and admitted to Norfolk War Hospital, 27 July 1916; transferred to Croydon War Hospital, 5 January 1917; to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 5 February 1917; discharged on furlough, 14 February 1917, to report to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 28 February 1917.

Marched into Overseas Training Depot, Perham Downs, 3 August 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 10 September 1917; rejoined 54th Bn, in the field, 20 September 1917.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 26 September 1917.

Died of wounds, 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 26 September 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, DRYDEN Oliver William

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