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Fraser, John Donald

Fraser, John Donald, Bomber No. 2532, 18th Battn. (London, Irish Rifles) The London Regt. (T.F.), only son of the late John Hugh Fraser, School master, by his wife, Agnes Carmichael (60, Wisteria Gardens, Thames Road, Chiswick), dau. of John Campbell, Engineer; b. East Ham, co. Essex. 28 Oct. 1899; educ. Rothschild School, Brentford; Fordyce Academy, Bannffshire, and King's College London, where he was when war broke out; volunteered for foreign service, and joined the London Irish Rifles in Aug. 1914; went to France in March, and was killed in action at Loos 29 Oct. 1915. Buried on Hill 70. His Commanding Officer, Capt. Magnin, wrote - "He was extremely popular with us all, not only for his cheery disposition, but also on account of his pluck. An instance of the latter crops up in my mind some little time ago, when our battalion took two lines of German trenches, your son several times crossed the open round to bring up food for his comrades, and in so doing contributed greatly to our success." A comrade wrote -  "No man could have carried out his duties with more willingness or a stouter heart. We all deplore the loss of so brave a young soldier", and another - "He, however, died like a man at his post of duty, and all through his time out here you can feel immensely proud of him, as he was always fearless in his duty and was a brave man." De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour.

Biographical

Surname(s)Fraser
First name(s)John Donald
Date of birth28 October 1899
Place of birthEast Ham, Essex
Family detailsSon of Agnes Campbell Fraser, of Mary Jane House, Insch, Aberdeen and the late John Hugh Fraser
Previous educationRothschild School, Brentford; Fordyce Academy, Banffshire
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Military unitLondon Regiment (London Irish Rifles)1st/18th Bn
Date enlistedAugust 1914
Place enlistedChelsea
Service number2532
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
CampaignsFrance and Flanders
Date of death29 October 1915
Age at death17
Rank at deathRifleman
Cause of deathKilled in action
Burial placeHill 70
Commemoration(s)King's College Chapel; Loos Memorial, Chiswick War Memorial, Turnham Green
SourcesKing's College London Archives

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