John McLean FRASER

               Royal Army Service Corps,
                               3rd GHQ Ammunition Park  

Rank & Number:    
Private, M2/051027  

09 November 1886; Queen Street, Inverness  

                       10 September 1917; France (died of wounds)  

Buried Dunkirk Town Cemetery, France

JOHN MCLEAN FRASER was born 09 Nov 1886 in 16 Queen Street, Inverness, to parents John, a general labourer, and Johan Maclean (who were married in Inverness on 13 Jun 1879).  He died of gunshot wounds in France on 10 Sep 1917 and was buried in Dunkirk Town Cemetery, France.  

On 11 Feb 1914 at Coachman’s House, Cairnhill, Old Monkland, John (aged 27, chauffeur, of Kelburn, Fairlie;) married Susan Morris Sinclair Lucas (22, domestic servant)   He was chauffeur to the Earl of Glasgow.  

In the 1891 Census, John, aged 3, is living 16 Queen St., Inverness with parents John (40, general labourer, b. Inverness) and Johan (31, b. Inverness), and siblings Elizabeth, Murdo, William and Thomas  

In the 1901 Census, aged 15, he is living 16 Queen Street, Inverness with parents John (51, labourer) and Johan (42), and siblings Murdo, William, Thomas, Sarah, Margaret, Kate and Donald    

On 27 Feb 1915 the Largs & Millport Weekly News reported that he had joined the Motor Transport Service, and his medal index card shows the first theatre of war entered was France on 10 May 1915.  In his will, dated 9 May 1915 and marked that he died “in the Field, France”, he gives whole of property and effects to his wife (Mrs J.M. Fraser, Cairnhill, Airdrie).  He received the 1914-15 Star, and the British War and Victory medals. 

Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-  

14 February 1914       
John Fraser, chauffeur to Earl of Glasgow, married at Airdrie on Wednesday  

27 February 1915       

Still another name falls to be added to the local Roll of Honour.  Mr. John Fraser, late chauffeur to the Earl of Glasgow, has joined the Motor Transport Service.  

13 March 1915           
Roll of Honour: Fraser, Driver John, late Fairlie Craig, Mechanical Transport, ASC, Kent  

18 December 1915    
Fairlie Cigarette And Tobacco Fund:  Up to date, the number of parcels sent out is about 95, and the most recent acknowledgements received are from Sergt. Davis and Pte. Dan. McCallum (hospital), Driver J.M. Fraser (France), Pte. J. Ward, Pte. J. Miller, Gr. Wm. Ramsay, Corpl. Blakley and Sergt. Hugh Burden (Dardanelles).  

15 January 1916
Pte. David Thomson, 5th RSF, who was wounded some time ago in Gallipoli was home on furlough last week.  Another visitor from the French front was Pte. John Fraser of the Transport service, formerly chauffeur at Kelburn.  

26 February 1916       
Fairlie Cigarette And Tobacco Fund:  Letters of thanks have lately been received from Trooper Wm. Balchin, Gunner James Ramsay, Private T. McLaughlin (Dardanelles Force), Private Alex. McLean (Salonica), Gunner Tom Messenger, Private John Boyd, Driver John Fraser, Corpl. Duncan Douglas (France), Sergt. A. Davis, Private John McLaughlan, Dan McCallum, and David Thomson (hospital).  

17 June 1916
Fairlie Cigarette And Tobacco Fund:  Letters of thanks have been received recently from James Ramsay, Wm. Ramsay, John Currie, John Ward, A. Erskine, James Smith, tom McLaughlin, Charles Rodger, Tom Messenger, Hugh Burden, Wm. Balchin, Tom Miller, Wm. Stewart, John Fraser, Duncan Douglas, Dan McCallum, Allan McCallum, Alex. McLean, Alfred Davis, Arthur Crawford, and a postcard from Robert McLachlan, who is a prisoner of war in Germany.

  Dunkirk Town Cemetery, France

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