David Fraser

Aug 7, 1890

Born in Glasgow, Scotland to David and Margaret (nee Craig) Fraser


Jun 13, 1895

Embarked the SS Vancouver in Liverpool, England as a Home Child in the care of Rev. Robert Wallace


Jun 23, 1895

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Belleville, Ontario


Jul 13, 1912

Married to Lillian Pearl Nicholson in Trenton, Ontario


Apr 3, 1916

Attested into the 155th Battalion CEF in Frankford, Ontario 

Ø      Number 636993

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. Pearl Fraser, wife, Frankford, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      Previous military experience given as 49th Regiment Canadian Militia

Ø      Religion given as Church of England 

His medical exam made note of a slight hear murmur and noted as probably caused by “too much tobacco” 

The battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area


Jun 20, 1916

Admitted to the military infirmary in Barriefield with a diagnosis that reads Measles


Jul 8, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Oct 17, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Bramshott to continue training


Dec 5, 1916

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Dec 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 147 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Dec 8, 1916

After leaving the CBD he joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Bully Grenay, France


Apr 9, 1917

During the advance of the Canadian Corps on Vimy Ridge, Private Fraser received a gun shot wound in his left thigh.  He was first evacuated to a field ambulance for first aid, then transferred to the nearest casualty clearing station for emergency treatment.


Apr 10, 1917

Transferred to the No. 8 Stationary Hospital in Wimereux where surgery was performed to repair the wound


Apr 14, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Jan Breydel



On arrival in England he was admitted to the 3rd Western General Hospital in Cardiff


Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Apr 26, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom, to continue his recovery


May 23, 1917

Discharged from hospital and granted sick leave until June 3, 1917.  Upon completion of leave he was ordered to report to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Sep 2, 1917

Posted to the 21st Battalion and arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 83 reinforcements from England and TOS the 21st Battalion


Sep 27, 1917

Left the CIBD and joined the CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Villers au Bois


Oct 14, 1917

Left the CCRC and joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Villers au Bois


Nov 29, 1917

Attached to the 4th Field Company, Canadian Engineers for duty


Dec 11, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion from the field company


Apr 3, 1918

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Aug 28, 1918

During the battalion’s advance on the Sensee River, Private David Fraser was killed in action and subsequently buried in the Quebec British Cemetery, south east of Arras, France

Note this is a double grave, and Private Fraser is listed on the bottom

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. Pearl Down (she had remarried), Glen Miller, Ontario


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