John Lovelock FRY

FRY, John Lovelock

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 3 May 1916, Senior Cadets UH
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 33rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, 31 July 1887
Home Town: Waratah West, Newcastle, New South Wales
Schooling: Cooks Hill Superior Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Building contractor
Died: Lane Cove, New South Wales, Australia, 9 February 1925, aged 37 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Sandgate General Cemetery, Newcastle, NSW
ANGLICAN 1-15. 26.
Memorials: Newcastle Surf Club Life Saving Brigade Honor Roll
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World War 1 Service

1 May 1916: Involvement Lieutenant, 35th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '17' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Benalla embarkation_ship_number: A24 public_note: ''
1 May 1916: Embarked Lieutenant, 35th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Benalla, Sydney
3 May 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, Officer, 35th Infantry Battalion, Senior Cadets UH
21 Apr 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Captain, 33rd Infantry Battalion, 2nd MD

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery

Served and suffered during The Great War, died tragically, resting at Sandgate Cemetery.

99 years ago today, on the 10th February 1925, Captain John Lovelock Fry, 33rd Battalion, building contractor from 6 Turner Street, Waratah, New South Wales and Artarmon, N.S.W., was laid to rest at Sandgate Cemetery, age 37. ANGLICAN 1-15. 26.

Not married.

Born at Newcastle, New South Wales on the 31st July 1887 to John James, died 5.4.1927, Waratah Private Hospital, N.S.W., age 74, buried at ANGLICAN 1-15. 26, of 6 Turner Street, Georgetown, Waratah, N.S.W., and Sarah Fry nee Cooper, died 17.4.1919, Waratah, N.S.W., age 58, mother of 7, sleeping at ANGLICAN 1-15. 26, of 6 Turner Street, Georgetown, Waratah, N.S.W., John enlisted on the 3rd May 1916 as a Lieutenant with the 35th Battalion at Sydney, N.S.W.
Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales on board HMAT A24 Benalla on the 1st May 1916.
Wounded in action - 17.4.1918 (gassed, mild, Villers-Bretonneux, France).

Admitted to hospital 13.12.1918 (influenza, bronco pneumonia, severe).

Commenced return to Australia 16.1.1919.
John arrived home invalided on the 2nd March 1919, being discharged on the 21st April 1919.

Mr. Fry’s name has been inscribed on the Cooks Hill Superior Public School Roll of Honour, Waratah-St Philip's Anglican Church Roll of Honour and the Newcastle Surf Club & Life-Saving Brigade Honor Roll. 

The tragic circumstances of John’s death were reported (see link) from a fractured skull suffered in a motorcycle crash due to tram lines in Lane Cove, Sydney.

Many thanks to Maree Shilling for the notification.
Unfortunately, Mr. Fry had been resting in an unmarked grave for over 88 years, so on the 4th July 2014 I erected a cross at the gravesite in remembrance of his service and sacrifice for God, King & Country.

Not officially commemorated.

Older brother George Lovelock Fry (born 22.2.1881, Newcastle, New South Wales, professional musician from 'Toronto', Fleet Street, Carlton, New South Wales, married, enlisted 18.3.1917, 12th Australian Field Company Engineers, Reg No-18294, RTA 25.7.1919, died 26.2.1948, Morisset, N.S.W., age 66, not officially commemorated, no funeral or death notice located) also served 1st A.I.F.

Contact with descendants would be greatly appreciated.

For more detail, see “Forever Remembered “

Lest We Forget.