COURAGE OF YOUTH
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.”