Walter Aaron FRY


FRY, Walter Aaron

Service Number: 876
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 38th Infantry Battalion
Born: Nhill, Victoria, 28 October 1895
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Died of wounds, France, 12 August 1918, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Daours Communal Cemetery Extension, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Warracknabeal War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

20 Jun 1916: Involvement Private, SN 876, 38th Infantry Battalion
20 Jun 1916: Embarked Private, SN 876, 38th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Runic, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Emily DeMichele

Walter Aaron Fry



Walter Aaron Fry was born on the 28th October in 1895, Nhill, Victoria. Nhill is a town in Western Victoria. Fry worked as a Farmer and his marital status was single. Fry’s religious background was Church of England.  Fry’s closest family member to him was his Father, Thomas G Fry. His Father lived in Warracknabeal, Victoria. Warracknabeal is 78 kilometres from Nhill where Fry lived; it is a 52 minute drive.

Walter Aaron Fry enlisted for the Great War on the 23rd of February, 1916. He was 20 years old. Walter Aaron Fry's rank at enlistment was private. Fry’s AWM Embarkation Roll number was 23/55/1. His embarkation date was the 20th of June, 1916 and he left for war from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A54 Runic. He would have been fully dressed in his uniform at this time. Fry lived four hours and fourteen minutes away from his home town, which was 372 kilometres away from Melbourne where he was boarding.

Walter Aaron Fry fought 38th Australian Infantry Battalion at Western Front. Fry was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal. The British War Medal is a medal of the British Empire that was awarded to officers and men of British and Imperial forces for service in World War I. The Victory Medal was authorised to commemorate the victory of the Allied Forces over the Central Powers in the First World War.

Walter Aaron Fry died of wounds in France on the 12th of August, 1918. He was aged 22 years. Fry is peacefully buried at Daours Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot III, Row E, Grave No. 35) Picardie, France. Picardy is a French region stretching north from the suburbs of Paris and vineyards of Champagne to the beaches of the Bay of Somme on the English Channel.

Biography by Emily DeMichele