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Thomas Edward FRYER

Regimental number3048
Place of birthLithgow, New South Wales
SchoolMittagong and Leura Public and Grammar School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressThe Nest, Fore Street, Canterbury, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 5.75"
Weight120 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs E Fryer, The Nest, Fore Street, Canterbury, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date5 July 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A69 Warilda on 8 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll54th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*date of fate 19th to 20th
Place of death or woundingSomme Sector, France
Age at death25
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 10), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Richard and Maud FRYER; husband of Ethel Robertson (formerly FRYER), 107 Susan Street, Waverley, New South Wales. Native of Leura
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Joined 2nd Bn, Tel el Kebir, 5 February 1916.

Transferred to 54th Bn, 14 February 1916; joined 54th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 1 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 19/20 July 1916.

Note, Red Cross File No 1120502: 'No trace Germany. Cert by Capt. Mills. 10.10.19.'

Statement, 3123 Sergeant F. POLDING, HQ Company, 54th Bn (patient, No 9 General Hospital, Rouen), 9 November 1916: 'I knew L/Cpl. Fryer ... On the 20th July, I saw Fryer's body in No Man's Land at Fleurbaix. On approaching the body, I saw a sand bag over his head and on removing the sand bag, I saw that the back of his head had been blown off. His body was afterwards buried.'

Second statement, 3575 A.L. MILLER, Lewis Gun Section, 54th Bn, 15 November 1916: 'L/Corporal Fryer, I am sorry to say[,] was killed on the 19th July at Fromelles South of Armentieres. He was killed about ten yards from the German trenches by Machine gun fire.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FRYER Thomas Edward
Red Cross file 1120502

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