George Henry Fry

Date of birth: 1896
Place of birth: Freemantle, Southampton
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 1st
Rank / Service No: Private, 10230
Died: 8th December 1917, aged 21 years
Buried: Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, France (Plot V, Row D, Grave 36)

 

George was the fifth of 10 siblings born to Albert Henry and Sarah Jane Fry (nee Barnes), who married in Shirley in 1890.

Both parents were born in Shirley in 1872; Sarah passed away in 1913 and Albert died in 1936.

 

Siblings

Ethel Daisy   b. 1890 Freemantle   d. 1890 Freemantle

William Charles   b. 1891 Freemantle   d. 1967 Southampton   Married Violet A. Watts in Southampton in 1926.

Arthur Sydney   b. 1892 Freemantle   d. 1892 Freemantle

Alfred Frederick   b. 1893 Freemantle   d. 1894 Freemantle

George Henry 

Percy Edward   b. 23 July 1896 Freemantle   d. 1976 Southampton   Married Harriet Jurd in Southampton in 1936.

Herbert Charles   b. 1900 Freemantle   d. 1901 Freemantle

Ernest James   b. 29 April 1901 Freemantle d. 1958 Southampton   Married Helen S. Saxby in Southampton in 1922.

Robert Henry   b. 1905 Freemantle   d. 1906 Freemantle

Frederick Alfred   b. 1909 Freemantle   d. 1964 New Forest   Married Frida Amann in Southampton in 1939.

 

The Hampshire 1st Battalion became part of the 11th Brigade of the 4th Division in August 1914, just prior to landing at Le Havre for action on the Western Front.

 

George was probably one of the near 40,000 Commonwealth casualties from the Battle of Cambrai, fought in November and December 1917.

This battle is known as the first time tanks were used in warfare in large numbers.

 

The site for the cemetery was selected for the 8th Casualty Clearing Station in February 1917.

The first burials took place in the March and the cemetery quickly grew as the 19th Casualty Clearing Station started using the plot.

Most of the graves relate to the Battle of Arras in 1917, and the trench warfare that followed.

 

The cemetery now holds the graves of 3207 Commonwealth servicemen from WW1.

 

 

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 19th July 2016
Updated:

 

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