Frederick Allen Fry



Nov 6, 1893

Born in Marmora, Ontario to Willis Jefferson and Catherine Almeda (nee Dingman) Fry


Jan 17, 1916

Attested into the 155th Battalion in Marmora, Ontario 

Ø      Number 636388

Ø      Next of kin given as Willis Fry, father, Marmora, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      Previous military experience given as 3 years in the 49th Regiment, Hastings Rifles, Canadian Militia

Ø      Religion given as Methodist 

On attesting he gave his birth date as October 6, 1893 while his birth registration clearly shows his birth date as November 6, 1893 

His brother, William Fry, attested into the 155th the same day 

The battalion trained in the Kingston area, based in the Barriefield Camp


Jul 23, 1916

Admitted to the Barriefield Military Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Rheumatism


Jul 27, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Oct 17, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland in Halifax, Nova Scotia with his brother William


Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Bramshott


Nov 21, 1916

Medical Board in Bramshott determined that he suffered from “moderate flat feet”, but not severe enough to be a disability


Dec 5, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion along with his brother


Dec 6, 1916

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


Dec 8, 1916

The brothers joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Bully Grenay


Aug 15, 1917

During the battalion’s attack on Hill 70, Private Frederick Fry was first reported missing in action, then later it was determined that he had been killed.  His body was never recovered from the battlefield and as such, is honoured on the walls of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Catherine Fry, Marmora, Ontario 

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Willis Fry, at the same address 

Frederick’s brother, William, was wounded in the same action and died of his wounds 15 days later

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