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Person Details
09 Apr 1883
Manchester Lancashire
Clarence George was born in Manchester, Lancashire, on 9 April 1883 (reg. A/M/J Chorlton, mother's maiden name Pattison). He was the son of John Thomas (b. Ayston Rutland) and Mary Ann Fryer (b. Bath Somerset) who were married in 1878 (reg. Chorlton Lancs). They had at least seven children, two of whom died before 1911. All but the youngest, Frederick, were born in Manchester: Mary Daisy b. 1879, John Erhur b. 1880, Eva Maud b. 1881 d. 1882, Clarence George b. 1883, Eva Sarah b. 1885, May Rosalie b. 1887 d. 1910 and Frederick b. Bath Somerset 1891. In 1881 John (27), a butcher, and Mary (22) were living on Clowes Street, Gorton, Chorlton, with their two children Daisy (2) and John (under one year). They were still living in Chorlton when their sixth child, May, was born in 1887. The family has not yet been traced on the 1891 census but the youngest son, Frederick, was born in Somerset that year. However, by 1901 John Thomas, a butcher, was recorded on the census at Pomfret Street, Nottingham. There appears to have been a family connection with Nottingham as a William Fryer, a baker, born in Hambleton Rutland (abt. 1849), was recorded on the 1881 Census living on Blue Bell Hill, Nottingham. Although John Thomas was described on the census as married only three of his six surviving children, Eva Sarah (15), May Rosalie (13 d. 1910) and Fred (10), were in the home on the night of the 1901 census. Clarence had joined the Royal Navy in January 1901 but had probably previously worked for his father as a butcher's boy. John Thomas died at the end of 1901 and only his son Clarence has been traced on the 1911 Census. Clarence was discharged from the Royal Navy by purchase in 1904 (see 'Military history') but then enlisted in the Army and in 1911 was serving in Aden with the 1st Bn Lincolnshire Regiment. Clarence married Lily Atkin (b. 1883) in 1915 (reg. J/F/M Nottingham) and they had twins, Lily and Clarence George, born 4 September 1916. In 1939 when the England & Wales Register was compiled Lily, a sewing machinist, and her daughter Lily, a dispatch clerk (lace), were living on Windmill Lane, off Carlton Road, Nottingham. Lily's son, George Clarence, had married Mabel Gertrude Derbyshire earlier that year and they were living on Frinton Road, Nottingham. George and Mabel had three children, born between 1939 and 1944. George served in the war and was killed in June 1944 (see 'Comments').
Occupation butcher's boy when he joined the Royal Navy in January 1901. At the time of the census he was recorded at Portsmouth Harbour. In 1911 he was a regular soldier serving with 1st Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment in Aden.
04 Oct 1917
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Enlisted Nottingham
Lance Sergeant
1st Bn Lincolnshire Regiment
1st Bn Lincolnshire Regiment Clarence George previously served in the Royal Navy from 14 January 1901 to 22 August 1904. His date of birth on the Registers of Seamen's Services is given as 9 April 1884 although his birth was registered in 1883. He joined on a 12 year continuous service engagement 9 April 1902 which, according to the RN record, was his 18th birthday. Clarence served in the following ships and shore establishments: HMS Northampton, 14 January 1901-21 April 1901; HMS Cleopatra, 22 April 1901-26 August 1901; Vivid, 27 August 1901-13 October 1901; HMS Empress of India, 14 October 1901-23 March 1902; HMS Repulse, 24 March 1902-18 July 1902 (Ordinary Seaman 9 April 1902); HMS Illustrious, 19 July 1902-20 June 1904; Vivid I, 21 June 1904-22 August 1904. Clarence was discharged from the Royal Navy on 22 August 1904: 'Discharged Shore by Purchase [£25].' Clarence had joined the 1st Bn Lincolnshire Regiment by 1911 when he was recorded serving with the battalion in Aden. He was killed in action on 4 October 1917; he has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium (Panel 35-37).
Clarence's son, also Clarence George, served with the 43rd (2/5th Bn Gloucestershire Regiment) Reconnaissance Corps (4980725 Trooper) in the Second World War. He was killed at sea on 24 June 1944 and is commemorated on the Bayeux Memorial, France. Nottingham Evening Post, 22 July 1944: ‘Local Casualties. Tpr. CG Fryer, RAC, of 6, Frinton-road, Broxtowe Estate, is reported missing.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchjive.co,uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Roll of Honour’, 20 November 1917: ‘Fryer. Killed in action, October 4th, 1917, Sergeant CG Fryer, aged 33 years. Sorrowing wife and children.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam’, 4 October 1919: ‘Fryer. In loving memory of Sgt. Clarence George Fryer, 1st Lincolns, killed in action October 4th, 1917. Sadly missed. Wife and children.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam’, 4 October 1944. ‘Fryer. Loving memories of Sgt. Clarence George Fryer killed in France October 4th, 1917. Some day I’ll understand. Wife and Lily.’ (wwww.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)
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  • Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. (www.cwgc.org)
    Clarence George Fryer - Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. (www.cwgc.org)