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William Fry

Male 1858 - 1934  (75 years)

  • Name William Fry  [1, 2, 3
    Birth 08 Sep 1858  Dublin Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 3, 4, 5
    Marriage 13 Sep 1886 
    Ellen Margaret Goldie-Taubman,   b. 15 Mar 1862, Edinburgh Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Feb 1962, Isle of Man? Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation Apr 1911  Brigadier-General, Head Quarter Staff, Army  [1
    Residence Apr 1911  69 Harcourt Terrace, South Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location   [1
    Post/Rank/Title 1912  Major-General  [3, 5
    Decoration bef Mar 1919  CB, CVO  [2
    Occupation 12 Mar 1919 -  Lieut-Governor of the Isle of Man  [2, 4
    • New Governor of the Isle of Man. The King, on the recommendation of the Home Secretary, has been pleased to appoint Major-General William Fry, C.B., C.V.O., to be Lieutenant-Governor of the Isle of Man. General Fry, who is the son of Thomas Fry, J.P., of Dublin, was born in 1858 and entered the 14th Regiment in 1878, becoming major-general in 1911. He served in the Afghan War, 1879-80; in the South African campaign, 1899-1902, and in the present war [sic], being appointed major-general in charge of administration in 1916. In addition to other staff appointments, he has been Deputy Director-General of the Territorial Force. General Fry married, in 1886, Ellen Margaret, eldest daughter of the late Sir J.S. Goldie-Taubman, of the Nunnery, Isle of Man [The Times, 12 Mar 1919]
    Post/Rank/Title 1920  KCVO  [3
    Residence 1934  The Old Rectory, Winkfield Find all individuals with events at this location   [5
    Death 20 Mar 1934  12 Clarence Rd, Windsor Find all individuals with events at this location   [3, 5, 6
    Burial 23 Mar 1934  St Lupus, Malew Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    Probate 24 Aug 1934  London Find all individuals with events at this location ; 113 4s. 5d.  [6
    • Fry K.C.V.O. C.B. sir William of The Old Rectory Winkfield Berkshire died 20 March 1934 at 12 Clarence-road Clewer within Windsor Probate London 24 August to dame Ellen Margaret Fry widow. Effects 113 4s. 5d. [NPC]
    • Major-General Sir William Fry. Trainer and Leader of Troops. Major-General Sir William Fry, of The Old Rectory, Winkfield, Berks, who concluded a distinguished career in the Army by a successful term as Lieutenant-Governor of the Isle of Man, died at Windsor yesterday after an operation, at the age of 75. He was a sterling soldier of the useful and unostentatious type.
      Born in Ireland, the son of Mr. Thomas Fry, of Dublin, ho was educated at St. Columba's College and the Royal Military College. He entered the Army in his twentieth year, and promptly saw active service with, his regiment, the West Yorkshires, in the Afghan campaign of 1879. Exactly 20 years elapsed before he was again in the field, when he left for South Africa as second in command to Colonel F. W. Kitchener, brother of the field-marshal. Fry's services at Willow Grange, Colenso, Spion Kop, and Vaal Krantz ensured his promotion when, on the eve of Pieters Hill, Kitchener's appointment to a brigade left vacant the command of the West Yorkshires. Fry duly succeeded, and at once made his mark in the heavy engagement which ensued. In that day of little-studied fire tactics, his scientific manipulation of machine-gun and covering musketry in the preliminary stages of the fight was an accomplishment less spectacular but not less useful than his coolness in adopting emergency formation during a night surprise, and his boldness in the final assault. Pieters Hill is an honourable memory for the West Yorkshires, and if their gallantry upon Kitchener's Hill was their own, its success was largely due to imperturbable and intelligent handling by their new commander.
      Fry saw the long campaign through to its end, taking part in many of its incidents and always with credit, whether, as at the terrible little night attack at Lake Clinssie, as unit commander in a larger force, or when acting independently, as with the small columns entrusted to him at Rustenburg in the terrain and in the stirring heyday of De Wet and De la Rey. Three times his name appeared in dispatches, and these "mentions " with a brevet and a Companionship of the Bath formed his rewards for a campaign in which few had done safer, sounder, and more arduous service. Old soldiers, not only of his own regiment, will recall the apparently inexplicable frequency with which Fry's men had water in their bottles and rations in their haversacks when others went without. These are not all of the tokens of a great commander, but they are perhaps those most spoken of by troops in bivouac and best remembered when campaigning days are done.
      Certainly it was Fry's peculiar relationship with the rank and file, a combination of humour, humanity, strict discipline, and intense solicitude, which rendered him so ideal a trainer and leader of unprofessional troops. For a year he was Commandant of the Mounted Infantry School at Bulford. Then his appointments in 1908 to the command of the East Lancashire Territorial Division, in 1910 as Deputy Director-General, Territorial Force, and in 1912 to the command of the 1st London Division, may be counted as among the triumphs of selection accorded to the Auxiliary Forces. A more kindly "father" and a more knowledgable instructor, have seldom fallen to the enthusiastic clerk, labourer, or shop-lad than the tall and strikingly handsome officer who chaffed them through their unaccustomed marches and toned down their orderly-room or Court-martial "sentences" in a manner somewhat scandalizing to that prince of martinets, the auxiliary commanding officer.
      The outbreak of the Great War in 1914 found Fry, now a Major-General of three years' standing, thus engaged. Nor could any better have been found to nurse into camps of grievous hardships the thousands of civilian-clad patriots who flocked to his command during that cruel winter. From the 1st London Division General Fry was transferred in 1915 to the 30th Division. This unit he trained and led to France. His career there was brief, cut short by a motor-car accident which necessitated his return in 1916. On his recovery from his injuries he received the appointment of "In Charge of Administration in Ireland," remaining in that office until 1919.
      In March, 1919, Fry was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of the Isle of Man. It was no doubt a difficult task to succeed the late Lord Raglan, whose tenure had extended from 1902. But Fry had married in 1886 Ellen Margaret, daughter of Sir John Goldie-Taubman, who was for many years Speaker of the House of Keys and belonged to an old Manx family. Moreover, the new Lieutenant-Governor's genial common sense, his camaraderie with all ranks of men, and the shrewd insight which lay beneath apparent nonchalance proved an unqualified success, and the sometimes difficult politics of the island ran smoothly under his regime. In this he was greatly assisted, as indeed in every circumstance of his career and domestic life, by his wife, whose singular charm as well as her ancestry at once made the feudal Manxmen her lieges. Sir William Fry, who was created K.C.V.O. in 1920. leaves a son and a daughter, who is the wife of Sir Russell Hornby. Bt.
      The funeral will be at Malew Church, Isle of Man, on Friday, and there will be a memorial service in York Minster.
      [The Times, Obituary, 21 Mar 1934]
    • Fry, Maj.-Gen. Sir William. KCVO, 1920; CB 1900; CVO 1909.
      Born 8 Sept. 1858; s of late Thomas Fry, Dublin; m 1886, Ellen Margaret, OBE, e d of late Sir John Goldie-Taubman; one s one d ; died 20 March 1934. Career: Entered army, 1878; Captain, 1886; Major, 1898; Lt-Col 1900; Col 1904; Maj.-Gen. 1912; Colonel the West Yorkshire Regiment, 1912; served Afghan War, 1879-80 (medal); South Africa, 1899-1902 (despatches three times, Brevet Lt-Col, Queen's medal, five clasps, King's medal, two clasps, CB); European War, 1915-16 (despatches); Commandant Mounted Infantry School, Bulford, 1905-06; Brig.-Gen. commanding Lancashire grouped District, 1907-08; commanded East Lancashire Division TF 1908-10; Deputy Director-General Territorial Force 1910-11; commanding a Division, 1912-15; 1st London Div. TF 1912-15; 30th Div. 1915-61; Major-Gen. i./c. Administration, Ireland, 1916-19; Lieut-Governor Isle of Man, 1919-26.
      Club: Junior United Service. Address: The Old Rectory, Winkfield, Berks. [Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920-2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007, accessed 21 Oct 2010]
    Person ID I3674  Tatham | Morris branch | Parent of spouse
    Last Modified 09 Oct 2012 

    Family Ellen Margaret Goldie-Taubman,   b. 15 Mar 1862, Edinburgh Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Feb 1962, Isle of Man? Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 99 years) 
    Marriage 13 Sep 1886    [3, 7, 8
    • also resid Apr 1911: dau Dorothy Elena, age 18 b Mandalay; + 4 serv.
     1. John William Lawrence Fry,   b. 29 Nov 1887, Multan, Punjab Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1969  (Age 81 years)
    Last Modified 21 Oct 2010 
    Family ID F1056  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S01] Census, UK, 1911.
      age 52 b Dublin

    2. [S05] The Times, marriage notice, 31 Oct 1919.
      son Jack

    3. [S05] The Times, obituary, 21 Mar 1934.
      William Fry

    4. [S05] The Times, Official Appointments and Notices, 12 Mar 1919.

    5. [S18] Who's Who / Who was Who.

    6. [S14] National Probate Calendar.

    7. [S01] Census, UK, 1911.
      marr 24 yrs

    8. [S13] thePeerage.com.