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Alfred Wilks Drayson

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Major-General Alfred Wilks Drayson (c1826-1901)

1858 Patent. '2326. And Alfred Wilks Drayson, of Plumstead, in the county of Kent, Captain in the Royal Artillery, and Charles Richard Binney, of Woolwich, in the same county, Captain in the Royal Engineers, for the invention of "improvements in submarine telegraphic cables."'[1]

1901 September 27th. Died.[2]


1901 Obituary [3]

....The late Major-General Alfred Wilkes Drayson was one of the most distinguished artillerata of his day. He was educated the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, and gained his first commission in 1846.....But it was as an astronomer that General Drayson was well known. He published several works on astronomy,...[much more]


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Sources of Information

  1. The London Gazette Publication date:29 October 1858 Issue:22195 Page:4616
  2. Portsmouth Evening News - Monday 30 September 1901
  3. Portsmouth Evening News - Monday 30 September 1901