Fraser, Andrew Knowles


He was the son of Lieutenant Colonel James Fraser, C.M.G., of Balnain and Farraline, Inverness and Edith Fraser (daughter of Andrew Knowles of Swinton Old Hall, Lancashire), and brother of Pilot Officer Malcolm Fraser (F 1915-1919) who died in a motor cycle accident in 1923. Andrew Knowles came to Winchester from Cargilfield School: he was on Dress for College XV and his last year shot for Wimbledon VIII. He went up to Christ Church, Oxford with a Scholarship in 1911; and in addition to his classical attainments he was an enthusiast for Gaelic and for Scottish antiquities generally.

At the outbreak of war he was gazetted to the 4th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders, which was mainly recruited from his own district, and went to the front in November 1914. He was killed on November 22nd 1917, in the main street of Fontaine Notre Dame, fighting a rearguard action against very heavy odds. The position held by his battalion was assaulted from three sides and the companies began to fall back. At this point Captain Fraser called for volunteers to return with him and hold the end of the village. Although completely surrounded they fought on till their ammunition was exhausted, thereby enabling the remainder of the detachment to retire in good order. He fell just as his party was finally overwhelmed. His body was never found.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Fraser
  • Forenames or initials: Andrew Knowles
  • House: College
  • Years in School: 1906-1911
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders
  • Date of Birth: 21st August 1892
  • Date of Death: 22nd November 1917
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer D4
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on the CAMBRAI MEMORIAL, LOUVERVAL: Panel 10