Lance Corporal George Frier

Lance Corporal George Frier, 1st/7th (Territorial) Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, He died from wounds in France, aged 22, on the 24th March during the German Spring Offensives. He was born in Antrim, Ireland and was the youngest son of James and Jane Frier of 10 Hall Street, Galashiels. He had been employed in the Bank of Scotland in Galashiels before enlisting in June 1915. He was posted to the 14th Battalion but after recovery from wounds was posted to the 7th Battalion. He is buried in Doullens Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. The Battalion was part of the 51st (Highland) Division and after the War an impressive Memorial was raised in commemoration. It was erected overlooking “Y” Ravine in Newfoundland Park on the Somme where on 13th November 1916 the Division had stormed the Ravine and the nearby strong German positions in Beaumont Hamel. ( His brother Robert also fell during the War – see below).

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