Malvern College First World War Casualty

Lieutenant Edward Meaburn Fry MC

Photo of Edward Meaburn Fry
House and time at Malvern: No 3, 1905 - 1909.

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery.
Died: 23 August 1918 aged 28 in France. Killed in action at Colincamps, France.
Battle: Hundred Days Allied Offensive. Cemetery: Sucrerie Mil Cemetery Colincamps I J 16

Son of S Fry, Cleeve Mill, Goring. b 1890.
Middle Shell - Matriculation Class. School Prefect. Head of House. XL Football.
Tobacco Planter. Great War, 2nd Lieutenant "D" Bty. 211th Bde. Royal Field Artillery.

'Ned Fry served his House with unswerving loyalty, and a strong dislike for anything petty or mean made his influence all for good. A natural restlessness and a dread of falling into a humdrum life inclined him to farming, which he tried at home and abroad. As soon as war broke out, he fretted like a young horse to be off. In his service abroad he was face to face with many a peril, but he knew no fear when duty called, and he met his death when on observation duty at a notoriously dangerous place. Letters about him all touch on one characteristic, his love for his fellowmen, and the loyal leadership he showed at School he showed also in fighting for his country. It was particularly touching that his great friend here, Frankie Benitz, was killed just previously.' (Malvernian, Nov 1918)

Military Cross citation: 'When acting as forward observation officer his task was to follow-up the infantry attack. As the enemy put down a most intense barrage, he had to cross this on four occasions before he was able to establish communication with his battery and brigade headquarters. His resource and determination throughout this trying period were most commendable.'