1. Memorial:St. Sever Cemetery Extension, RouenS. V. F. 4.
2. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.122
3. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour36C GQS

Awards & Titles:

Military Cross

Family :

Born in in Denny, son of William and Jessie Williamson Frew, of 44, Leamington Terrace, Edinburgh. His portrait image is sourced from Find-a-Grave.

Education & Career :

After graduating M.B., Ch.B. at Edinburgh University in 1906, Captain Frew practised in South Africa.

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: 2nd/3rd West Riding Field Ambulance 

Action : The Final Advance in Artois 

The Final Advance in Artois occured 2nd October - 11th November 1918. Concurrently with the advances in the Somme and Arras sectors the First and Fifth British Armies continued the advance and chase the Germans back towards the Belgian border.

Detail :

Died of wounds on 8th October as recorded in the Edinburgh Medical Journal and the British Medical Journal; 19/11/1918 Report of Military Cross Temporary Captain John Williamson Frew, R.A.M.C. During five days' hard fighting he was indefatigable in attending to the wounded, le uing his bearers forward under heavy fire to the regimental aid posts, arranging for the evacuation of casualties and maintaining the supply of medical necessaries. His example of disregard of danger greatly encouraged his hearers and his efforts undoubtedly saved many lives.

Biographical notes are recorded in The Scotsman of 14th October, 1918 - "Capt. J.W. FREW, M.C., R.A.M.C. (died of wounds), was the second son of Mrs Frew, 44 Leamington Terrace, EDINBURGH. He served through the German West Africa Campaign, and then, for two years in the East; and he had been in France since January of this year. He was awarded the Military Cross in August for gallantry in his action on the Marne. Capt. Frew was educated at George Heriot's School, and was well known in Edinburgh Rugby football circles. He graduated at Edinburgh University, and on the outbreak of war was practising in South Africa."

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Rocky Park No. 2252 E.C.South Africa (Eastern)

9th July 1912
13th August 1912
10th September 1912

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