Chief Petty Officer
Mr. George Crocket, a veteran of the old Victorian Navy, passed away at his residence, 44 Yarra-street, Newport, last Tuesday afternoon, after an illness of some months, leaving a widow and three sons. A native of Devonport, he came to Victoria some years ago, and joined the Victorian Navy, and later on. the Royal Australian Navy, where he was well known as a C.P.O. drill instructor until his retirement after 35 years' naval service. His familiar figure was always seen at the head of the column when the navy were on the march. The funeral took place on Thursday morning at Williamstown cemetery, Nelson Bros, attending to the arrangements. At the graveside, Rev. P. H. Widmer was the officiating minister, and the Port Phillip Masonic Lodge was represented by the W. M. ,Bro. S. W. Byrne, and others. A strong contingent of naval officers and men marched in the funeral cortgee from the house to the cemetery. They formed a guard of honor, and "The Last Post" was rendered by ex Petty Officer McDonald. The polished casket was draped with the Union Jack, and the following were the pall bearers:-C.P.O's. Murray, Aldridge, Annable; P.O's. Davis, Knight, Forbes, Watson and Wheatley (representing the Navy); and Messrs. S. W. Byrne, W.M.; W. L. Smith, A. L. Dixon and W. Hughes (representing Port Phillip Lodge) . There was a big muster also of his late fellow employes from the Signal and Telegraph Branch of the Railway Department. Many handsome floral tributes were received.
Williamstown Chronicle, 20 November 1926
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