Group photo with two army officers in the foreground, one of whom is Colonel David Day Dawson

Fryer, John Denis, 1895-1923 (). Group photo with two army officers in the foreground, one of whom is Colonel David Day Dawson.

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Creator Fryer, John Denis, 1895-1923
Title Group photo with two army officers in the foreground, one of whom is Colonel David Day Dawson
Open Access Status Other
Year available 2015
Series John Denis Fryer Collection, UQFL23
Type image/tiff
Original Format Photograph; sepia; 6 x 9 cm.
Source John Denis Fryer Collection, UQFL23, Box 3, item 58b
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 Fryer Library
Fryer, John Denis, 1895-1923 -- Archives
Australian Army. Australian Imperial Force (1914-1921)
Dawson, Colonel David Day
Military uniforms
Additional Notes This project supported by the Queensland State Government.

Photograph part of fourteen miscellaneous photographs in an envelope reading: ‘The smaller ones of these were carried in [John D?] Fryer’s uniform pocket. Henry Fryer now has JD Fryer’s compass, which at this stage means nothing to my Mother [Elizabeth S Gilmour] as it is too small for her to see, Lex Lear, 1979’.

Annotation written on back of photograph: Hope you recognise your old familiar friend Col DD Dawson.

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