The Australian Boer War Memorial
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Trooper George Fry

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: George Lovelock Fry

Ancestor's date of birth: 22/02/1881

Ancestor's date of death: 26/02/1948

Cause of Death: Died at Morresset Mental Hospital

Service Number: 497

Colony or State of enlistment: NSW, Place of Enlistment: Sydney ?

Unit: 2nd New South Wales Mounted Rifles

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: On enlistment

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): SPR, Date Effective: 18/03/1917

Murray Page: 114

Contingent: Fifth New South Wales

Ship: Custodian or Maplemore, Date of Sailing: 17/05/1901

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Decorations: King's South Africa Medal with 1901 and 1902 clasps

Personal Characteristics: He was born in Newcasle NSW in 1880 and his trade was Blacksmith. He was a musician

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: April 1901 - April 1902 in west then east Transvaal. On the Vaal 24 May 1901- Captured convoy 106 wagons under Gen. De La Rey Served under Col. EYC Williams of the Buffs throughout except the last 6 weeks when the column was commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Lassetter. Extracts from Column Orders issued 17 April 1902 at Standerton: 'The command of this, purely Australian Column, has been a great pleasure to the officer commanding, and he desires to thank everyone for their cordial support and unfailing loyalty at all times. During the year the column has been in existence it has travelled upwards of 6,400 kilometres in every part of the Transvaal, doing much fighting and hard work, all of which has most cheerfully carried out. One specially noteworthy feature is that, through constantly engaged with the enemy, only 18 men have been taken prisoners, and of them the larger were taken on the first fight at Korrandafontein and though no fault of the men. This record, which is impossible to beat, speaks volumes for the spirit and soldierly qualities of the Australian soldier. No column has made more night marchers; and one march,made on the night of the 11 March 1902, from Brugspriut, over the difficult Wilge River to Doornek a distance of 72 kilometres, which, with the return journey, makes a distance of 120 kilometres, is worthy of mention. Finally Lieutenant Colonel Lassetter commanding 2nd NSW Mounted Rifles, and to Major Lydiard, 2nd Rifles, the officer commanding column desires to express his grateful thanks. One hundred and forty one officers, NCOs, and men never missed a trek during the regiments service in the field'.

Service and life after the Boer War: Married to Alice, he lived at 'Toronto,' Fleet Street, Carlton, New South Wales. He served in the 1st world war. Enlisted in the AIF 18 March 1917, served as a Sapper in the 12th Field Company Engineers in France, returned to Australia 29 May 1919. Came home to be a professional musician and ended up in psychiatric hospital.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Shirley Smith, Rowville VIC 3178
Relationship to Ancestor: Grand daughter

Name of Descendant: David Furniss, Upwey VIC
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Grandson

Name of Descendant: Robert Fry, Port Macquarie NSW 2444
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson

Name of Descendant: Adele Hirst, Telegraph Point NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Great granddaughter

Name of Descendant: Pamela Langridge, Herne Hill VIC
Relationship to Ancestor: Grand Daughter

Name of Descendant: Graham Russell Fry, Hurstville Grove NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson

Name of Descendant: George Fry, Lugarno NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson


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