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Alfred Fraser (Service no. 6/1536) was a First World War soldier with links to New Brighton.

Alfred Ernest FraserCanterbury Times 7th July 1915 

Alfred Ernest Fraser was born on the 23rd June 1887 in Christchurch. His father was James Archibald Fraser from Aberdeen in Scotland (an engineer for the Christchurch Fire Brigade for many years) and his mother was Elspeth Fraser (nee Begg) also from Aberdeen. Alfred was the eleventh and last born child in the Fraser family. He had six brothers and four sisters. The family lived at 41 Richardson Street, Opawa. Alfred was educated at the East Christchurch School, and later also attended night classes at Christchurch Technical College.

Alfred was a healthy young man who, at the time of the outbreak of World War 1, was employed by McMillan and Ryde in Leeston as a carriage painter. He was a tall, slim bachelor with dark hair and eyes who belonged to the Presbyterian Church. He was  a member of the New Brighton Surf Bathing and Lifesaving Club and his name is on their memorial window. He was also a prominent footballer and cricketer. He played five-eighths for the Sydenham Football Club's senior team for several years, and was a member of a rep team which toured the West Coast. He was a member of the Sydenham Cricket Club's senior team.

Alfred passed the Medical Examination and was enlisted in the Canterbury Infantry Battalion on the 20th of December 1914. His embarkation date was 14th February 1915 from Wellington on the Maunganui or Tahiti or Aparima vessels. He was destined for Suez (Egypt) and arrived there on the 26th March 1915.

He was transferred to Gallipoli on the 12th of April and Killed in Action on June 5th 1915, just 168 days after enlisting. Along with 4931 other casualties, he is commemorated at Lone Pine Memorial at Gallipoli in Turkey.

 He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

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Alfred Ernest Fraser

First Names:Alfred Ernest
Last Name:Fraser
Place of Birth:Christchurch