Michie Forbes Keeling Fraser in WW1


Hunts Post 5th October 1917

Lieut. M Fraser M.C. Wounded

Lieut. M F K Fraser, Yorks and Lancs Regiment, second son of Mr. Garden Fraser of Holywell, who was awarded the Military Cross and received his second star in August last, was wounded on September 18th by a hand grenade on the Western Front.

The following testimony has been given by his Colonel:-
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. As intelligence officer he carried out his work in a most gallant manner. He was continuously up and down the line under very heavy bombardments and never spared himself from start to finish, and it was due to his untiring energy that touch was kept throughout the whole of the operations, both day and night, with battalions on the left and right flanks – at times a very difficult matter. Second-Lieutenant Fraser personally led a party against the strong point on the right of the final objective, which has been holding us up for some time, killing a number of the enemy, and taking several prisoners, and it was in no small measure due to this fine bit of work that we took our final objective at the first assault. Throughout the whole of the operations his conduct and the example he set was magnificent.

Military CrossM.F.K. Fraser received the Military Cross for work as an intelligence officer in July 1915. He is not listed on our roll of honour being born in Hemingford Abbots, and maybe because his parents separated when he was a child and his mother took him first to Birmingham, then to London to live. However he was still Garden Fraser’s second son, and Garden lived and died in Holywell.

Michie Forbes Keeling Fraser survived the war and did not die until 1959. He was interested in the theatre and a keen cricket fan, and he wrote a book on both subjects.

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  2. This man was my grandfather, he had 3 sons named Alistair, Ian and Andrew, Ian was my father. This is the first and only information I’ve found concerning Michie’s war exploits and it has made me very proud. I had never heard of his father so this has enabled me to do further research. Thank you.

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