Regiment: Royal Army Service Corps, 3rd GHQ Ammunition Park
Rank & Number: Private,M2/051027
Born: 09 November 1886; Queen Street, Inverness
Died: 10 September 1917; France (died of wounds)
Other: 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.
11 Feb 1914 at Coachman’s House, Cairnhill, Old Monkland, John (aged 27,
chauffeur, of Kelburn, Fairlie;) married Susan Morris Sinclair Lucas (22,
was chauffeur to the Earl of Glasgow.
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
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
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.
from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-
Fraser, chauffeur to Earl of Glasgow, married at Airdrie on Wednesday
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
of Honour: Fraser, Driver John, late Fairlie Craig, Mechanical Transport, ASC,
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).
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
17 June 1916
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.