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QSA to Volunteer Coy, Border Regt x 2

Postby hussar1000 » Sat Dec 28, 2013 1:48 pm

I was recently able to add these to my collection.

7189 William Fry, from Workington. Entitled to Cape Colony, Orange Free State and SA 01 bars.

7266 Walter Dixon, from Ulverston. Entitled to same bars as Fry less the SA 01.

I will try to source the bars and restore them.

Happy New Year to you all.
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Re: QSA to Volunteer Coy, Border Regt x 2

Postby hussar1000 » Sun Dec 29, 2013 3:41 pm

A quick play on Ancestry reveals some interesting facts on Fry. He emigrated to Canada and died there, a batchelor, in 1935. He appears on shipping lists and the usual census returns. There is also a photo of him and an obituary which mentions his service in South Africa.

When time allows I hope to post a more detailed biography.

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Re: QSA to Volunteer Coy, Border Regt x 2

Postby plbramham » Sun Dec 29, 2013 5:18 pm

Just possibly Dixon may have attended the Ulverston Drill Hall, http://www.kingsownmuseum.plus.com/gallerytf002.htm though I believe that it was mainly for The Kings Own Royal (Lancaster) Regiment, who of course amalgamated with the Border Regiment in 1959 to form the KORBR. The hall is still there, next to the bus depot, opposite the Coronation Hall.

Incidentally, if you click on this link it takes you into the Kings Own museum website - have a look - probably the best regimental history site I have ever found ( and there were a lot of transfers into the Border Regt from the Kings Own during WW1)

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Re: QSA to Volunteer Coy, Border Regt x 2

Postby hussar1000 » Sun Dec 29, 2013 10:31 pm

Dixon's papers show him signing up at Kendal into the Border Regt Volunteer Company, no mention of previous military experience. His trade is given as farmer. I'll need to check the papers again as I think he may be shown as born Newby Bridge.

Fry joined at Workington, a steel worker.
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Re: QSA to Volunteer Coy, Border Regt x 2

Postby plbramham » Mon Dec 30, 2013 12:34 am

Hi,
Any chance of sending me a copy of his papers signing up at Kendal please?
Is there any evidence that he later served in WW1?
I am very familiar with the Newby Bridge area, if there's a document with his address I may be able to supply more detail if you supply that also.
The fact that he joined at Kendal explains why he was in The Border Regiment. As I previously said, if he was in Ulverston, he would have probably have joined the Kings Own ( Ulverston was in Lancashire at that time, before Cumbria was formed in 1974.)
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Re: QSA to Volunteer Coy, Border Regt x 2

Postby plbramham » Mon Dec 30, 2013 7:41 am

I wonder if this might be him? It's the only Walter Dixon of the right sort of age , born 1876, in Westmorland or Furness on the 1911 census. ( Newby Bridge and Ambleside are not that far apart - just opposite ends of Windermere lake).
For anyone familiar with the Lakes and Ambleside, the address - North Road is near the market cross in the centre of the town.

Incidentally two younger "Walter Dixons" from Kendal were killed serving with 8th Border during WW1, and are on the town war memorial. The two lads were not related - different families, but causes confusion when researching - same name, same town, same regiment, same battalion!

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Re: QSA to Volunteer Coy, Border Regt x 2

Postby hussar1000 » Mon Dec 30, 2013 8:20 am

Not had chance to look closely at Dixon yet. Common name in Cumbria so may prove tricky. Being a Cumberland lad myself I am familiar with nearly all the places these men came from. Quite a task moving around the south of the county back then. Trains mainly and a farmer wouldn't have too much spare cash for fares.
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Re: QSA to Volunteer Coy, Border Regt x 2

Postby hussar1000 » Tue Dec 31, 2013 8:22 pm

I have managed to contact someone through Ancestry Uk and below is a picture of William Fry! The power of the internet. Also a copy of his small obitury. William is back row on the right.
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Re: QSA to Volunteer Coy, Border Regt x 2

Postby hussar1000 » Tue Dec 31, 2013 8:27 pm

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Re: QSA to Volunteer Coy, Border Regt x 2

Postby CockneyTone » Wed Jan 01, 2014 12:28 pm

Hussar,
Thanks for sharing this post with us, lovely to see the picture of William Fry.
Best wishes,

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