William Henry Fry

Service:                Army

Rank:                    Lance Corporal

Service No:           25714

Unit:                     14th Bn. Canadian Infantry

 

 

William was born in St George Bristol in 1879.  He was the 6th child of John & Ann Fry.  In 1891 he was living with his parents & 9 siblings at 12 Ducie Road St George, Bristol; his father was an Iron Turner.

The 14th Bn. Canadian Infantry were serving on the Somme in 1916. On June 2nd they were in reserve at Dominion Lines. They were about to be called forward to take part in the counter attack on Maple Copse and Observatory Ridge positions. Grievous fighting took place with some units being reduced to third of their original fighting strength. William died on 3rd June 1916.

He has no known grave and is remembered with honour on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Panel 24 - 26 - 28 - 30.

 

Image from D R Crew collection

 

References

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

14th Battalion War Diary

1891 UK census