LIEUTENANT COLONEL Thomas Pembertha Fry
SLC Old Boy: 1921
Service Number: QX6266
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Unit: 1 Corps
Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945
Award: Mention in despatches
Date of London Gazette: 30 June 1942
Location in London Gazette: Page 2857, position 14
Photo: Mention in Despatches Award
Biography of LIEUTENANT COLONEL Thomas Pembertha Fry
A barrister and lecturer in law, Thomas Fry was a man of boundless energy and extraordinary capacity for work. He was active in the Australian Military Forces, holding the rank of Captain commanding the University Military Detachment. He served as honorary aide-de-camp to the Queensland governor Sir Leslie Wilson 1933 – 1936. In May 1940 Thomas joined the AIF and was appointed to General Blamey’s staff as judge advocate with the rank of major. He was soon transferred to the Middle East as Deputy Judge Advocate General. As Lieutenant Colonel, Thomas Fry was mentioned in dispatches for distinguished service in the Middle East before returning to Australia. He ceased full time service in late 1946 and returned to the University of Queensland as a senior lecturer.
(Source: Lauries Inspirations Volume 2)
Photo: Cairo, Egypt. August 1941. Group portrait of Officers of HQ AIF Middle East. LTCOL Fry is second from the right in the third row. In the centre of the front row is General Sir Thomas Blamey GBE KCB CMG DSO.