Portrait of Sister Bennett, c1916

Fryer, John Denis, 1895-1923 (1916). Portrait of Sister Bennett, c1916.

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Creator Fryer, John Denis, 1895-1923
Title Portrait of Sister Bennett, c1916
Open Access Status Other
Publication date 1916-01-01
Year available 2015
Series John Denis Fryer Collection, UQFL23
Type image/tiff
Original Format Photograph; sepia; 9 x 7 cm.
Source John Denis Fryer Collection, UQFL23, Box 3, item 31
Rights For all enquiries about this work, please contact the Fryer Library, The University of Queensland Library
Abstract/Summary John Denis (Jack) Fryer was born in 1895 at Springsure, Queensland, son of Charles George Fryer and his wife Rosina, née Richards. Charles and Rosina had seven children: Elizabeth Stuart (later Gilmour), William Thomas, Charles George, Henry Hardy, John Denis, Richard Alexander James and Walter Ponsonby. Jack won a scholarship to the University of Queensland and commenced study in 1915. By the end of first term, Jack decided to volunteer for military service in the first Australian Imperial Force. He was commissioned in 1916 and went to France where he was gassed in early 1917. After hospitalisation in England, Jack returned to France for the final push to Amiens, in August 1918. There he was again wounded, by a stick bomb. After the war he re-enrolled at the University of Queensland for the first term of 1920 to complete his English honours examinations. His health failed in 1922 and he died in February 1923. In 1926, as a memorial to their former member and vice-president, members of the University Dramatic Society donated £10 to establish a collection of works in Australian literature. The Fryer collection was maintained in the English Department until the 1950s when it became part of the University of Queensland Library.
Keyword World War, 1914-1918
Fryer Library
Fryer, John Denis, 1895-1923 -- Archives
Fryer, William Thomas
Fryer, Charles George, 1889-1917
World War, 1914-1918 -- Hospitals -- France
World War, 1914-1918 -- Nurses -- Portrait
5th Red Cross Hospital (Wimereux, France)
Soldiers -- Wounds and injuries
Additional Notes This project supported by the Queensland State Government.

Annotation written on back of photograph [by Elizabeth Gilmour?]: Sister Bennett asked by W.T. Fryer (wounded) to find if J.D. & C.G. Fryer were safe after Mouquet Farm.

William Thomas Fryer was wounded in action at the Battle of Mouquet Farm, France on 3 September 1916. He was first admitted at the 5th Red Cross Hospital in Wimereux, France and was later transferred to England. He was admitted to the Bishops Knoll Hospital, Bristol on 12 October 1916. William had asked Sister Bennet to find out if his brothers John Denis and Charles George Fryer were safe after the Battle of Mouquet Farm.

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