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Sunday, 11 January 2015

Week 9 : Brothers - Robert John Frew ( No. 2155) and William Chrales Frew ( No. 50316) from Ryde.

The 9th weekly Ryde Remembers story was published on 26 November 2014 in The Northern District Times. It is the story of  brothers, Robert and William Frew.

Robert and William were from the Helesburgh area on the south coast of NSW where they were coal miners. Their parent had moved to Meadow Crescent in Ryde (now in Meadowbank) sometime before the start of the war. Robert enlisted in May 1915, and by early August he was on the Gallipoli Peninsula as part of the 13th Battalion. Robert was reported wounded in action in the vicinity of Hill 60 on 23 August 1915. This was later changed to missing, and then killed in action.

Robert's mother Margaret Frew, reportedly found it difficult to accept the death of her son and was said to meet every returning ship for years in the hope that her son would be there.

Younger brother, William, received his parent permission to enlist in February 1918 and served with the 12th Light horse in Egypt.

The Week 9 :  26 November 2014 in The Northern District Times, page 26.
Grieving mother scoured each ship for news of missing son
[if you click on the title -- it should take you to the on-line edition of the newspaper]

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