|Percival Gordon Fry
Percival Gordon Fry 1
- Born: 1888, Australia 2
- Died: 4 Oct 1917, Belgium (WW1) 3
He served in the military from 1916 to 1917. 4
Ancestry.com Online Census and BMD, www.ancestry.com, Australia Birth Index, 1788-1922
about Percival Gordon Fry
Name: Percival Gordon Fry
Father's Name: Thomas Fry
Mother's Name: Jane Maria Weeks
Birth Place: Victoria, Victoria
Registration Year: 1888
Registration Place: Victoria
Registration Number: 11812
Australian War Museum, Roll of Honour - Percival Gordon Fry
Percival Gordon Fry
Service number: 6991
Unit: 7th Battalion (Infantry)
Date of death: 4 October 1917
Cemetery or memorial details: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium
War Grave Register notes: FRY, Pte. Percival Gordon, 6991. 7th Bn. 4th Oct., 1917. Age 29. Son of Thomas and Jane Maria Fry. Native of Australia.
Source: AWM145 Roll of Honour cards, 1914-1918 War, Army.
AIF Project (http://www.aif.adfa.edu.au/), Regimental number6991
Place of birthGeelong, Victoria
SchoolState School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Address85 Blyth Street, Brunswick, Victoria
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, Mr T Fry, 85 Blyth Street, Brunswick, Victoria
Enlistment date25 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 23rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 23 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 4 October 1917
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death29
Age at death from cemetery records29
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 7), Belgium
The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.
The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.
The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.
Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
Australian War Memorial50
Miscellaneous information from
cemetery recordsParents: Thomas and Jane Maria FRY. Native of Australia
Family/military connectionsBrother: 7239 Pte Maurice Leslie FRY, 14th Bn, returned to Australia, 24 January 1919.
War service: Western Front
Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal .