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Private John Tindall Fraser


Ackrills Annual 1915/105

Pte John Fraser, son of Mr and Mrs J Fraser, 10 Hurstleigh Terrace, Harrogate, shot by a German sniper.


Harrogate Herald - 6th January 1915

Local Lads on Active Service - Photos

Private J T Fraser, 5th West Yorks


Claro Times - 30th July 1915

Another Harrogate soldier who has lost his life in the service of his country is Private John Tindall Fraser, of the 1/5th West Yorks, who, it is believed, fell a victim to a German sniper. Private Fraser is the son of Mr and Mrs John Fraser, of 10 Hurstleigh Terrace, Knaresborough Road, Harrogate, and enlisted in September last, and on his 21st birthday, April 13th, went to the Front with the advance party of the 1/5th West Yorks. Previous to his enlistment, he was employed by Mr F B Jesper, engraver, Harrogate, with whom he was just finishing his apprenticeship. He was also a member of the YMCA and the Presbyterian Church. The letter containing the news of his death was as follows :

Belgium, 22nd July 1915

Dear Mr and Mrs Fraser,

I wish to express my deepest sympathy with you in the loss of your son. He was one of the most promising men in the machine gun section, always cheerful, and ready to tackle the stiffest job. His death was quite painless, as he never regained consciousness. He was buried in the cemetery just behind the trenches, the Colonel reading the funeral service. A cross will be erected over his grave.

Believe me, yours faithfully, Frank Tucker, Lieutenant.

1/5th West Yorks Regiment, Machine Gun Officer.



1/5th Battalion, Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

2164 Private John Tindall Fraser

Born : Starbeck

Enlisted : Harrogate

Residence : Harrogate

Died : 20th July 1915

Killed in Action

France & Flanders



In Memory of


Private 2164 1st/5th Bn., West Yorkshire Regt. (Prince of Wales's Own) who died on Tuesday, 20th July 1915.

Commemorative Information

Memorial: YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

Grave Reference/Panel Number: Panel 21

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