Maj Bill Fraser, SAS Original

Discussion in 'Searching for Someone & Military Genealogy' started by We Will Remember, Aug 16, 2015.

  1. We Will Remember

    We Will Remember New Member

    As a remembrance project i am trying to compile Major Bill Fraser's War Diary. Whilst still a work in progress i will share all i have in the hope someone maybe able to add to the project.

    Bill was a regular in the Gordon Highlanders before the war and was part of the BEF in 1940, escaping via Dunkirk.
    Lt Bill Fraser MC 8tp.jpg

    Bill was one of the founder members of the SAS, commanding Group A in No.1 section
    Nominal L det role 1-09-1941.jpg

    I think this is a photo of the 'Originals', and a possible identification of Bill
    thumb_Bill Fraser SAS Originals - utube - Version 2.jpg

    thumb_Bill Fraser SAS Originals - utube - Version 3_1024.jpg

    thumb_Bill Fraser SAS Originals - utube - Version 3_face2.jpg

    More to follow... thank-you for your interest
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  2. We Will Remember

    We Will Remember New Member

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  3. We Will Remember

    We Will Remember New Member

    A significant document in the history of the SAS - the transition from Layforce to L Det & the SAS.

    Bill Fraser gets a mention on the 18th - 74 years ago today

    Layforce to SAS.jpg
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  4. Debmoll2

    Debmoll2 New Member

    IMG_1344.JPG I believe these medals belonged to William Fraser from WW1.
    Sadly, other medals that were in the possession of my husband's family, were stolen.
  5. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member


    Plse forgive my ignorance but what is the connection of the William Fraser KIA WW1 to Bill Fraser subject of this topic?

    Steve Y
  6. Debmoll2

    Debmoll2 New Member

    I think it's our ignorance, apologies. My husband's family had links with Bill Fraser, however sadly they are now deceased. Upon going through old photographs we came across this set of medals. My husband remembers the stories of the formation of the SAS and visiting him in Leamington Spa. To be honest, we are confused by the medals and we're hoping to get a bit more information about Bill Fraser. Thanks
  7. Debmoll2

    Debmoll2 New Member

    Could these have been his father's medals?
  8. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member


    Your best bet would be to post on the Great War Forum -

    You will need to provide the service details - regiment & regimental number(s) shown on the rim of the 2 circular medals (British War & Victory Medals) and the detail on the rear of his 1914 Star. If you provide any family information so much the better - date & place of birth etc.

    You may be surprised at the information that can be found on GWF.

    Good Luck

    Steve Y
  9. William Fraser

    William Fraser New Member

    I was just reading through a book Called Rogue Heroes and i realized this man had the name Bill Fraser and that's my name well my name is William but every calls me Bill anyway i could be a descendant from Bill Fraser you guys are talking about?
  10. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Hi William


    I guess anyone called William (or a derivative of) Fraser could say the same - that they are possibly a descendant of him or yourself in fact.

    Remember the Bill Fraser in the SAS is not the same William Fraser whose WW1 medals are above.

    Perhaps you need to expand on your thoughts

  11. neil apedaile

    neil apedaile New Member

    I met Bill Fraser in the late 80s remember him telling me stories and then told me about a book he was in and a week or so later I went back in the pub I met him in warterloo and there he was whit the book which he signed for me.
  12. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    I read this with interest, looking for any reference to a Lieut. Fraser, also with L-detachment, originally the Seaforth Highlanders.

    It must be said, Egypt has been mis-spelt as Eygpt throughout, which really needs correction.

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