|Place of birth||West Maitland, New South Wales|
|School||West Maitland Public School, New South Wales|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Oakhampton Road, West Maitland, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||20.3|
|Next of kin||Father, Edward Fryer, Oakhampton Road, West Maitland, New South Wales|
|Previous military service||Served in 14th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.|
|Place of enlistment||West Maitland, New South Wales|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||35th Battalion, A Company|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/52/1|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A24 Benalla on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||36th Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Passchendaele, Ypres, Belgium|
|Age at death||22|
|Age at death from cemetery records||22|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 25), Belgium
The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.
The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.
The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.
Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
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|Parents: Edward Hammond and Ada B. FRYER, Prince Street, Waratah, New South Wales. Native of West Maitland, New South Wales|
|Family/military connections||Cousins: 1042 Pte John Stewart GODFREY, 25th Bn, killed in action, 4 October 1917; 4474 Pte James Gray GODFREY, 3rd Bn, returned to Australia, 26 September 1916.|
War service: Western Front
Embarked Sydney, 1 May 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 9 July 1916.
Proceeded overseas to France, 21 November 1916.
Appointed Lance Corporal to complete establishment, 23 June 1916.
Appointed Temporary Corporal, 12 July 1917.
Appointed Corporal, 23 September 1917.
Killed in action, Belgium, 12 October 1917.
Note, Red Cross File No 1120411A: 'No trace Germany. Cert. by Capt. Mills 10-10-19.'
Statement, 38 Pte E.C. BRUCE, 35th Bn (patient, No 4 Australian General Hospital, Randwick, New South Wales), 14 October 1918: 'We were just going over during the battles at Ypres, when a shell fell near Fryer and killed him at once. He would be picked up by the stretcher bearers later on. I do not know where he is buried.'Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, FRYER Donald Robert
Red Cross File No 1120411A