Joseph John Fryer
Private Fryer’s name appears on the Haltonville Cenotaph.
Private Fryer is commemorated on the Haltonville Cenotaph.
Private Fryer is buried in Ontario Cemetery, Sains-Les-Marquion, France in Grave II A 19
His grave site has been photographed by the team at the Maple Leaf Legacy Project, operating out of Ypres, Belgium.
Milton Soldiers buried in France to appear on (Google Earth).
Joseph John Fryer is reported to be from Acton, Ontario and the son of Thomas Fryer of Rockwood, Ontario and born in Ottawa. The MLP site lists him as born at Bell’s Corners and a resident of Eden Mills.
Private Fryer did not volunteer to serve in the CEF, rather he was drafted to the 1st Depot Battalion under the 1917 Military Service Act on October 22, 1917. He was in-and-out of the Western Ontario Regimental Depot (WORD) and the 2nd Canadian Convalescent Depot. Medical records show an operation for swollen glands in his neck.
Private Fryer was taken-on-strength to the 4th Reserve Battalion in England. His active service was with the 1st Infantry Battalion, arriving in France on August31, 1918. He was killed in action of September 27, 1918 during Canada’s “100 Days”, in the final months of the war.
September 27 to October 11, 1918 is well know for the action at Canal du Nord and the capture of Cambrai. The war diary of September 27th shows the 1st Battalion on the Cambrai Road. Nicholson Map 13 shows the unit at the Green Line north of Bourlon. Of the 132 casualties, 20 died that day on the Arras-Cambrai Road.