Fraser, Walter Ian

Date of birth:
1917
Date of death:
May 31st, 1944 (Lorenzo, Italy)
Buried on:
Commonwealth War Cemetery Beach Head
Plot: III. Row: H. Grave: 3.
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

Walter Fraser was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Seaforth Highlanders in May 1940 and won his M.C. while serving as Adjutant and a Company Commander in the 6th Battalion, Seaforths.
On 31 May 1944, Fraser was killed in action when commanding ĎCí Company, which was overrun in heavy fighting at Lorenzo during Operation "Chesterfield", the assault on the Hitler Line, west of Cassino.
Fraser, who was 27 years of age, left a widow, Anne Hosie Fraser, then resident in Dumfries.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Major
Unit:
6th Battalion,The Seaforth Highlanders, British Army
Awarded on:
December 21st, 1944
Awarded for:
Operation Husky
Action:
Recommendation:
"Captain Fraser has taken part in all the active operations in which the Battalion has been involved in Madagascar, Sicily and Italy. Since the beginning of the Sicilian campaign he has been Adjutant and throughout shown a devotion to duty which has been an inspiration to all ranks. At Machiagodena and on the Garigliano, he showed a coolness and courage under fire of the highest order. Throughout these and many other actions in which the Battalion has been involved, Captain Fraserís steadfastness and ability have been, under every circumstance, the greatest possible assistance to his Commanding Officer."
Military Cross (MC)

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