William John Fry



Aug 15, 1888

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 636387

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

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist 

On his medical it is noted that the index finger of his left hand is amputated at the 2nd joint 

His brother, Frederick, attested into the 155th Battalion the same day 

The battalion trained in the Kingston area at the Barriefield Camp


Oct 17, 1916

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


Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Bramshott


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

William’s brother, Frederick, was killed during the attack on Hill 70, and his body was never recovered from the Battlefield


Aug 19, 1917

4 days after his brother was killed, William was wounded in the neck during a German counter attack on Hill 70 and was evacuated first to a field ambulance then to the No. 6 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for treatment.


Aug 22, 1917

Transferred to the No. 11 General Hospital at Dannes Camiers


Aug 30, 1917

15 days after his brother was killed in action, Private William Fry died of his wounds while in hospital and was buried in the Etaples Military Cemetery, Etaples, France

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

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

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