1. Memorial:Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, FlandersPanel 54
2. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.122
3. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour27A GQS

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Family :

Born London 20 Jan. 1887. Son of Mary Anne Fryer, of Harvest Home, Bury Goss, Gosport, Hants., and the late Samuel Fryer.

Education & Career :

Educated Archbishop Tenison's Grammar School, London and after a short time in the Civil Service, left at the age of 21 to join a private firm. On the outbreak of war he volunteered and joined the Queen Victoria Rifles on 2 Sept. 1914.
Commercial Buyer (1913).

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: 9th London Regiment (Queen Victoria's Rifles) 

1/9th (County of London) Battalion (Queen Victoria's Rifles) August 1914 : at 56 Davies Street. Part of 3rd London Brigade, 1st London Division. Moved on mobilisation to Bullswater, going on in September to Crowborough. 5 November 1914 : left Division and landed at Le Havre. 27 November 1914 : came under command of 13th Brigade in 5th Division. 10 February 1916 : transferred to 169th Brigade in 56th (London) Division. 1 February 1918 : transferred to 175th Brigade in 58th (2/1st London) Division, absorbed the disbanded 2/9th Bn and renamed 9th Bn.

Action : Winter Operations 1914-1915 

23 November 1914 - 6 February 1915. As the armies of 1914 fought themselves to exhaustion they settled down by the end of the year to the realities of static trench warfare. During the winter, activity was mostly comprised of a series of small scale raids and attempts by the BEF to gain superiority over the battlefront. At the same time increasing numbers of Territorial battalions and replacements for the Regular battalions came into theatre and had to be trained and acclimatised to trench occupation. This period was further noted for the severity of the weather and the need to rapidly source and equip the troops with adequate winter and waterproof equipment, whilst improving the trench conditions. Miserable times.

Detail :

FRYER, EDWIN SAMUEL, Rifleman. No. 2002.B Coy 9th Btn (Queen Victoria Rifles) London Regiment. Went to France 4th November and was killed in action at Lissenhoek 18 Dec. 1914; buried at Lindenhoek Belgium. His Commanding Officer wrote "He always did his duty well and cheerfully under often very trying conditions, and showed a fine spirit, setting a splendid example to the rest of the men, by whom he was well liked and respected, and will, in common with myself, will feel his loss very much". He was a Freemason and a highly esteemed member of the Equitable Friendly Society having been Worthy Master during the year 1912.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Covent Garden No. 1614 E.C.London

14th January 1913
11th March 1913
8th April 1913

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