Edward Dryen

Edward Dryen
Courtesy of Robyn Dryen

Alias Abraham Dryen

Russian spelling

Аврам Соломонович Друян

Born 3.03.1882

Place Pavlograd, Ekaterinoslav, Ukraine

Ethnic origin Jewish

Father Solomon (Samuel) Dryen

Mother Sonia Dryen (neé Krantz)


Wife Eva Dryen (neé Bear) married 2.07.1914 at Broken Hill; Son Ronald Gordon b.1916 - served WWII in coastal artillery Sydney, Newcastle and Lae, daughter Betty b.1918; wife Lilly May Dryen (nee Bishard)

Arrived at Australia
from Ukraine
on 10.8.1894
per Oldenburg
disembarked at Adelaide

Residence before enlistment Broken Hill, Sydney

Occupation Storekeeper

Service 1 (Permanent Military Forces of the Commonwealth)
service number 490
enlisted 28.08.1916
POE Sydney
unit Australian Instructional Corps
rank Acting Staff Sergeant Major
discharged 12.4.1917

Service 2 (WWII)
service number N278844
enlisted 12.08.1941
POE Recruiting depot E C, NSW
unit Central OR Depot AAOC Sydney
rank Private
discharged 16.09.1944 MU

Naturalisation Thought he was naturalised on his father's application in 1903. Discovered during WWII that as he had turned 21 between his father's application and the grant of citizenship he remained an alien. Granted Australian citizenship in 1948.

Residence after the war Wagga Wagga, Gundagai, Manilla, Sydney

Died 27.02.1961 Sydney


Naturalisation (NAA)

WWII service records (NAA)

Alien registration (NAA)

Family Tree on Ancestry.com

* Information for this page was kindly provided by Robyn Dryen

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From Falling stars: The story of Anzacs from Ukraine:

The pioneer of emigration [in south-eastern states] was Edward (Abram) Dryen, whose family lived in the Jewish farming colony of Veselaya in Katerynoslav Province. Landing in Adelaide in 1894, he soon moved to the rapidly growing mining town of Broken Hill, where he kept a shop.