Sgt Douglas Fraser, 7th Battalion Cameron
Highlanders, killed in action on September 25th at Loos during the
big advance on the Western front.
Claro Times - 15th October 1915
News was received in Harrogate yesterday that Sergeant
Douglas Fraser, of the 7th Battalion Cameron Highlanders, has
been killed in action at Loos.
Sergeant Fraser was one of the most promising
young men in the YMCA movement in Harrogate, and accompanied the
YMCA tent in the North Yorkshire and South Durham Territorial
He was with the tent at Llandudno when war broke
out, and proceeded to join the Cameron Highlanders. He quickly
gained promotion and became both Swedish drill and bayonet
instructor in his battalion.
Sergeant Fraser, who was only 23 years old,
was with his father in business as a tailor in Parliament Street,
but he had several hobbies. He passed his examination for
accountancy when twenty years old. He was also a well known
elocutionist, and appeared in public with the Prattlers, a ???eat
charity troupe of entertainers.
Sergeant Fraser was also an all-round
athlete, and took a leading part in YMCA athletics in the town.
He was killed on his mother's birthday, and on that
same day a letter arrived from him wishing her many happy returns of
Harrogate Herald - 3rd January 1917
Roll of Honour
The sad news was received on Friday last that Robert
Fraser, aged 20 years, second son of Mr R Fraser, tailor,
of Glebe Road and Parliament Street, Harrogate, was killed in action
on December 20th. He belonged to the machine gun section, late
Cameron Highlanders. The information is all the more pathetic as it
is just over a year since his brother, Douglas Fraser, was
Harrogate Herald – 3rd January 1917
The death in action of young Fraser, the only
remaining son of Mr Fraser, tailor, Parliament Street, has
come as a great shock to all Harrogate. it is not long since the
other brother fell in the defence of his country. This latest sad
news is the outstanding pathetic theme on all Harrogate tongues, and
all hearts are full of sympathy for the bereaved parents and family.
Harrogate herald - 24th January 1917
W Broadbank says :
I very much regret to see poor young Fraser
has been killed. I am in the same regiment as he was, but never came
across him. I knew both his brother Doug, and him in civil
life. Will you, through your paper, express my deepest sympathy to
his parents? We are having some nippy weather out here, but still it
is not so bad but than we can keep ourselves warm, what with
comforts and other things. I think the Germans are about spent out,
as the prisoners look physical wrecks and are very hungry when they
come in. We just keep smiling and keep a big heart, as we know that
there is only one team in it now. I think this is all at present.
Again thanking you for the paper.
Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Sergeant Douglas Fraser (S/13144)
Born : Stockbridge, Edinburgh
Enlisted : Berwick-on-Tweed
Residence : Harrogate
Died : 25th September 1915
Killed in Action
France & Flanders
In Memory of DOUGLAS FRASER Sergeant S/13144
7th Bn., Cameron Highlanderswho died on Saturday, 25th September
Memorial: LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France
Grave Reference/Panel Number: Panel 119 to 124