Victor Leonard Fraser, MM

This photo was taken in 1942 while serving as the PWOR RSM


Apr 10, 1896

Born at Kingston Ontario


Nov 12, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59339 (temporary number 252)

Ø      Next of kin given as Calvin Fraser (father) of Sydenham Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Clerk

Ø      Previous military experience given as 1 year with the 3rd Field Ambulance Company

Ø      Religion given as Salvation Army

Ø      Assigned to “B” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “A” Company

Ø      Rank shown on enlistment - Bugler 

Although he was attached to “A” Company, he was a member of the Bugle Band, having served with the Salvation Army Band in Kingston


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp near Hythe Kent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Dec 8, 1915

Granted 10 days leave


Dec 22, 1915

At duty from leave


Sep 30, 1916

Admitted to No 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with shrapnel wounds to Buttocks 

Transferred same day to the Divisional Rest Station at No 5 CFA


Oct 4, 1916

Discharged to duty


Oct 14, 1916

Admitted to No 6 CFA diagnosed with PUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin).  This is a fever


Oct 15, 1916

Discharged to duty


Nov 12, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Dec 21, 1916

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #29873


The citation reads

For coolness and great daring during the attack 28th Sept 1916.  By carrying important messages under very heavy fire, he greatly assisted the Officer Commanding in dealing with the situation.  He was slightly wounded but continued to carry messages until more seriously wounded and was ordered to the dressing station.

AFW 3121.


Nov 29, 1917

Granted 14 days leave


Dec 15, 1917

Rejoined Battalion from leave


Nov 20, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Dec 17, 1918

Rejoined the Battalion at Siegburg Germany from leave



Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia at Havre France


Disembarked in England and proceeded to the Witley Camp


Apr 4, 1919

TOS (Taken On Strength) “P” Wing at Witley for processing for return to Canada


May 15, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia at Liverpool


Rank shown on the ship’s manifest –A/Cpl. I could find no entry in the Part II Orders for this appointment


May 22, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded by train to Kingston Ontario


May 29, 1919

Medical at the Barriefield Camp, Kingston notes the following 

Ø      Rank shown as A/Cpl

Ø      Tattoo on right arm of a Maple Leaf and the number 21

Ø      Suffering from Neurasthenia

o       Today we would call it Post Traumatic Stress disorder

Ø      Complains of poor sleep, sometimes feeling that he is smothering

Ø      Suffers from spells of uncontrollable twitching

Ø      Gets excited easily

Ø      Claims to have had the above symptoms for over a year, but never reported them

Ø      Symptoms expected to last for 6 months


May 30, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 277762

Ø      War Service Badge Class “B” issued number 55714

Ø      Intended residence on discharge – 327 Barrie St, Kingston Ontario

Ø      Rank on discharge – Pte


Sep 9, 1919

Married to Jennie Newman at Kingston Ontario


Nov 13, 1919

1914-15 Star sent to him


Apr 14, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to 327 Barrie St, Kingston.  Rank shown on medals card - Pte 

It appears that he medals were returned


Sep 16, 1921

Medals were resent to 143 York St, Kingston


After his discharge, Victor Fraser joined the Princess of Wales’ Own Regiment in Kingston and served with the Pipe Band.  In 1935 he received the Long Service Medal as a Bandsman.   

He rose to the rank of Warrant Officer 1st Class and was appointed to the position of RSM of the PWOR in 1941.  In 1942 he volunteered for service with the 1st Battalion PWOR and was appointed to RSM of the Battalion, and served with that unit in Sherbrooke Quebec and Debert Nova Scotia until it was broken up for reinforcements overseas in 1943. 

At that time he returned to the PWOR band in Kingston, and served with them as a Sgt until 1945. 

He was employed full time at the Kingston Post Office and retired after 31 years of service.  At the time of his retirement he was the supervisor of the letter carriers.

He also served as the president of the 21st Battalion Associtation for a time.


In his later years, he bred show dogs as well as being a founding member of the Kingston Gadabouts, a singing group made up of seniors.  This group made recordings, as well as touring across Canada.  In addition, they gave a performance at Buckingham Palace, London England, in the 1970s.



The above is from the January 1936 issue of the Communiqué, the 21st Battalion Association post war newsletter.

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