Dene Barrett FRY


FRY, Dene Barrett

Service Number: 4992
Enlisted: 14 May 1915, Liverpool, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 3rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Lewisham, New South Wales, Australia, 11 October 1893
Home Town: Lindfield, Ku-ring-gai, New South Wales
Schooling: Chatswood, Lindfield & Fort Street Public Schools and Sydney University, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Zoologist (Sydney Uni)
Died: Killed in Action, Hermies, France, 9 April 1917, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Beaumetz Cross Roads Cemetery, Beaumetz-les-Cambrai
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Petersham Fort Street High School Great War Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

14 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Liverpool, New South Wales
14 Jul 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4992, Hospital Transport Corps, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
14 Jul 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4992, Hospital Transport Corps, HMAT Orsova, Sydney
22 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 4992, 3rd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
22 Aug 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 4992, 3rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Wiltshire, Sydney
9 Apr 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4992, 3rd Infantry Battalion, Breaching the Hindenburg Line - Cambrai / St Quentin Canal

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

The son of Arthur and Caroline F. Fry of "Denegully", Northcote Road, Lindfield, New South Wales. A demonstrator in Zoology at the University of Sydney and son of the first female graduate of the University, he initially served in the Australian Army Medical Corp. After one trip on the Hospital Ship Karoola he transferred to the Infantry and trained at the Royal Military College, Duntroon. He was alllocated to the 3rd Battalion and embarked from Sydney with the 19th Reinforcements aboard HMAT "Wiltshire" (A18) on 22 August 1916. He served on the Western Front. He was killed in action, aged 23 years. His brother 1340 Pte Alan Fraser Fry, 13th Battalion was wounded on 13 August and died on 14 August 1916 and his uncle, Major James Whiteside Fraser McManamey, 19th Battalion, a graduate of the University of Sydney, was killed in action at Gallipoli on 5 September 1915. He was the son of the first female graduate of the University of Sydney.

3rd Battalion, Australian Infantry, A.I.F. - Service No. 4992



Dene Barrett FRY was born in 1893 in Lewisham, Sydney to James Arthur B. FRY and Caroline Fraser McMANAMEY

Dene enlisted on 14th May, 1915 and then transferred from AMC to Infantry

He was killed in action on 9th April, 1917 in France - and burried in the Beaumetz Cross Roads Cemetery, Beaumetz, France

His brother 1340 Lce.-Cpl. Alan Fraser FRY (/explore/people/104383) also servied in WW1

Article with further info on Dene -  LINK HERE (


Hermies village was seized on the morning of the 9th April, 1917, by a surprise attack of the 2nd and 3rd Australian Infantry Battalions. It was held against the advancing Germans on the 22nd March, 1918, by the 17th Division, but evacuated on the following day; and it was retaken in September, 1918.  


"News has been received by Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Fry, of Denegully, Lindfield, that their eldest son, Private Dene B. Fry, was killed in action in France on April 9, at the age of 23. He underwent six years' scientific training on the staff of the Sydney Museum, and at the outbreak of war was a student at the University and demonstrator in Zoology under Professor Haswell. He joined the Army Medical Corps in May, 1916, and after two voyages in a hospital ship he transferred into the Infantry, and at the officers' course at Duntroon he was one of 20 who qualified as lieutenants, but no immediate vacancy being available, he left as a sergeant in reinforcements proceedings to France. A short time before he met his death he discovered and visited the grave at Worloy of his younger brother, Alan, who was killed in August last." - from the Sydney Morning Herlad 01 May 1917 (

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