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Menin Gate, Ypres Menin Gate, Ypres
First Name: Edwin Samuel Last Name: FRYER
Date of Death: 18/12/1914 Lived/Born In: Highbury
Rank: Rifleman Unit: London9
Memorial Site: Menin Gate, Ypres

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Age-27

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In early November 1914, 9th London (Queen Victoria’s Rifles) arrived in France where they were attached to 13th Brigade, 5th Division. After a period of trench instruction they took over a section of the front line on 16th December near Wulverghem. The conditions here were truly awful. The winter of 1914-1915 was one of the wettest on record and the trenches were little more than water-filled ditches, lacking any kind of shelter. But here they had to stay for four days and nights where, apart from the mud and the rain they had to endure German snipers and artillery. Three men were killed during this period, including Rifleman Fryer on 18th December. 

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