Project Description

WILLIAM FRYER 1879–1955

Army Service Corp

Born 16th March 1879.

Baptised 17th April 1879, Wesleyan Methodist Church, Radcliffe on Trent

Married 4th September 1911 to Charlotte Howitt, a widow. Step-daughter Gladys born 1902, son John William born 2nd February 1915

Died 1955 in Nottingham

1881 Census

William Fryer was two years old and living with father George a farm labourer, mother Mary who was born in Radcliffe, sister Emma age 8, and brothers Amos age 6 and George age 4 all born in Gamston, Notts. They were living on Shelford Road, Radcliffe on Trent.

1891 Census

No trace of family

 1901 Census

Age 22 employed as a navvy and living on Mount Pleasant, Radcliffe on Trent with his parents and two brothers, Amos now a bricklayer’s labourer and George who is a postman.

1911 Census

Age 32, employed as a general labourer and living as a boarder at West End Villas, Radcliffe on Trent with Henry Holmes, a drayman, and his family. The other boarder in the house was Daniel Smith, also on the Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour. Daniel Smith died in 1919 and is on the village war memorial.

Military Service

Rank: Driver

Service number: T4/215133

Military Unit: Royal Army Service Corps (Horse Transport), 878th Company

Theatre of War or Command: Southern

20.1.16: Enlisted at Nottingham: age 36 years 10 months, height 5ft 3ins, weight 167 lbs, good physical development; religion Wesleyan; address: 5 Francis Grove, Nottingham; occupation brewers labourer; next of kin wife Charlotte Fryer.

Medical category C1- defective vision. No vision in left eye (corneal opacity)

7.8.16: mobilized and posted as a driver to the RASC on 8th August 1916. Joined at Bradford.

Dispersed at Ripon 8th June 1919, home address given as 85 Alfred Street South, Nottingham.

No further information found about his military service.

From the 1939 Register:

Address: 82 Alfred Street South, Nottingham

Occupation: Nurseryman labourer (widowed) – Charlotte died in 1938

Household: living with John William Fryer, a scale tester

Reason for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Born and lived in Radcliffe on Trent.