Sunday 5 April 2009

Private George Lyall Fraser, MM

Born on 10 May 1894 in Port Arthur, Ontario - son of J.A. Fraser, Atlin, British Columbia - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as McGill student, single, no current or previous military service, Presbyterian, height of 5 feet 9 inches, chest of 38.5 inches fully expanded, medium complexion, brown eyes, dark hair - at the time of his reenlistment in 1918: present address in Vancouver, British Columbia, trade as "was student Civil Engineering".

Graduated from McGill College British Columbia with a degree in science in 1913-15.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Vancouver, British Columbia, on 24 March 1915 (number 411058) - transferred to Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry on 17 July 1915 - promoted to Bombing Corporal in April 1916 - promoted to Sergeant in April 1916 - wounded at Mount Sorrel, Belgium, on 16 or 17 July 1916 - wounded at Regina Trench, France, on 8 October 1916 - invalided to England on 25 November 1916 - invalided to Canada on 1 April 1917 - joined the 11th Special Service Battalion, CEF, in Vancouver, British Columbia, in August 1917 - attached to the British and Canadian Recruiting Mission in the United States in August 1917 - commissioned in the CEF as a Lieutenant in April 1918 - joined the 11th Battalion, Canadian Garrison Regiment, CEF, as a Lieutenant in Vancouver, British Columbia, on 1 July 1918 - served as the battalion adjutant from 1 May 1919 - discharged from the CEF in October 1919.

Awarded the Military Medal for bravery on the Somme on 8 October 1916.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Anonymous, Record of Service 1914-1918: University of British Columbia, McGill British Columbia, Vancouver College (Vancouver: Lionel Ward & Company, Ltd., 1924), p.50)

1 comment:

Yvon Codere said...

Hi! I bought an old saxophone in a antique shop in Morrisburg, Ontario. The sax is dated 1915-1916 considering the serial nunmber. The name writen on an old march music sheet (Sousa's Favorite March Book) is Lyall Fraser, Morrisburg, ON. He is born in Port Arthur as you told. I have the feeling that this sax traveled a lot. The date of the sax and the date of his enrolment concord. Some family member living in Morrisburg probably herited it. I suppose some militaries of the www1 were bringing there musical instrument. Also, was there any casern or military school of some sort in Morrisburg in 1915 that could explain this name with the sax in Ontario. I qould have been thre befor going in BC... Thank you!
Yvon Codere