Fry, Second Lieutenant Sydney Charles

No 8 Training Squadron

Sydney Fry came from West Maitland, NSW, and was a 19 year old Shop Assistant when he enlisted in the 6th Light Horse in Liverpool on 29 July 1915. He left Sydney on HMAT Euripides on 1 November and spent 4 months in Egypt before moving to the Western Front. In March 1916 he transferred to the 115th Howitzer Battery and, after a short period with the 5th Ammunition Column in France, he then transferred to the AFC in August 1917. In April 1918 he was accepted for pilot training and was commissioned as a flying officer on 6 August.

He was killed in an aircraft accident at Leighterton on 24 August 1918 while flying Sopwith Camel C108 after the aeroplane spun into the ground while making a turn. The Court of Enquiry found that the engine had choked and that 2Lt Fry had attempted to turn at too low an altitude. A witness stated that the engine was not running well after take off, and that the pilot attempted to turn back to the aerodrome without sufficient power.

2Lt S C Fry is buried at Leighterton Church Cemetery, Gloucestershire, England, and is commemorated on the Maitland High School Roll of Honour.

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