Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the Bridgnorth area who died during the two World Wars.
William Basil Fryer was born in Bloxwich, Staffordshire, the son of Frank and Annie Fryer. William was educated at Bloxwich National School and Queen Mary’s Grammar School. He became a chemist and was employed by Deighton and Smith of Bridgnorth. He was engaged to Miss E. G. Walker of Tasley.
‘LOCAL COMMISSION. Mr W. B. Fryer (until recently dispenser for Messers. Deighton and Smith, pharmaceutical chemists, Bridgnorth), has been appointed Second Lieutenant in the 3/5th South Staffordshire Regiment (T.F.). He was educated at Queen Mary’s Grammar School, Walsall, and was a corporal in the School’s O.T.C.’ [Bridgnorth Journal, 13 November, 1915.]
He served with 5th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment but was attached to the 22 Reserve Squadron, Royal Flying Corps. He was killed in a flying accident in Egypt on 26th December, 1916. He is buried in the Alexandria (Hadra) War Cemetery, Egypt.
Second Lieutenant Fryer was awarded the Victory and British Medals.
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