Freo butcher fell in Flan­ders


GE­ORGE ALBERT FULLER Great-great-un­cle of Emily and Char­lotte Briggs

English­man Ge­orge Fuller came to Aus­tralia with his fam­ily as a teenager aboard the Ever­ton Grange and spent five years in Perth be­fore he found him­self back in his home­land.

He was work­ing as a butcher and liv­ing in Fre­man­tle when he en­listed in 1916, not­ing his par­ents as his next of kin.

Af­ter train­ing at Black­boy Hill, on December 29, 1916, Fuller found him­self back on the ocean, this time aboard the troop­ship Per­sic.

He ar­rived in Devon­port, Eng­land, a lit­tle over three months later.

While train­ing in Sal­is­bury, he wrote his will and in Au­gust 1917, sailed for France and the Western Front.

Fuller was taken on as a re­in­force­ment with the Vic­to­rian-raised 39th Aus­tralian In­fantry Bat­tal­ion, 3rd Aus­tralian Divi­sion of the AIF.

He fought in Flan­ders and was killed in ac­tion on Oc­to­ber 4, 1917, at Brood­seinde, Bel­gium, a year and two days af­ter en­list­ing.

Fuller was just 20 when he was cut down.

The 39th Bat­tal­ion was later awarded a bat­tle hon­our, which read in part “for in­volve­ment in the suc­cess­ful as­sault and cap­ture, as part of the Third Bat­tle of Ypres, of the high ground around the vil­lage of Brood­seinde.

“This was a sig­nif­i­cant de­feat for the Ger­man forces, which al­lowed for the Al­lied oc­cu­pa­tion of the en­tire ridge south of the Pass­chen­daele sec­tor.”

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