Thomas Arthur Fryer Dyson


About Thomas Arthur Fryer

  • Name
    Thomas Arthur Fryer
  • Initials
  • Surname
  • Date of Birth
    21 April 1893
  • Birth town
    Holbeck, Leeds
  • Resided town
    Holbeck, Leeds
  • Commemorated
  • Nationality
  • Place of death
  • Date of death
  • Married
  • Occupation

Service Information

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  • Regiment
    West Yorkshire Regiment


Thomas Arthur Fryer Dyson was born on 21 April 1893 in Holbeck, Leeds. Thomas was one of ten children and in 1911 was living at 26 Mary Street, Holbeck, Leeds with his parents Arthur (51), Anna Elizabeth (45) and five siblings. Both Thomas and his father were labourers at Meadow Lane Gasworks.

Thomas attested on 16 November 1915, and was posted as a Rifleman to 2/7 (Leeds Rifles) West Yorkshire Regiment. On 4 July 1916, when Thomas passed through Peterborough East Station, the Battalion were based at Somerleyton near Lowestoft. In January 1917, they mobilised for war and landed at Le Havre. On 12 May 1917, Thomas received a gunshot wound to his thigh and was treated at Etaples; he re-joined his battalion on 10 August 1917.

During 1917, the Battalion were engaged in various actions on the Western Front including: the operations on the Ancre, the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line, the first attack on Bullecourt, the German attack on Lagnicourt, the Battle of Bullecourt, the actions on the Hindenburg Line and the Cambrai Operations. In 1918, they took part in the Battle of Bapaume and the first Battle of Arras before returning to England on 16 June 1918, when they were absorbed into the 18th Battalion York & Lancaster Regiment at Brighton. http://bit.ly/2o6LVov

On 18 August 1918, Thomas was posted as a Private to the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. He was demobilised on 2 June 1919 and was awarded the British War and Victory Medals.

In December 1919, Thomas married Ruth Kay in Holbeck and they had four children. In the 1939 Register Thomas and Ruth were living at 50 Sweet Street West, Leeds and Thomas’ occupation was a coal tipper working on a gantry at the gasworks.

Thomas died in Leeds in 1950, aged 57.

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