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Charles Algernon Fryatt
Birth: Dec. 2, 1871, England
Death: Jul. 27, 1916, Belgium

Fryatt is the hero and victim of one of the most extraordinary episodes of the First World War. He was a captain of the mercantile and passenger fleet of the Great North Eastern Railway. (Hence his memorial at their London terminus). During the war he made many crossings in the face of great danger from mines and submarines, and was renowned for his expertise in these circumstances. On 28th March 1915, his ship, the S.S. 'Brussels' was attacked by a submarine. Fryatt realised that the submarine could overtake his ship before land could be reached. He therefore took the bold step of attempting to ram the submarine, steering straight for it, and firing off rockets as if armed. This amazing ruse succeeded, and Fryatt received commendations and a gold watch for his enterprise. However, the Germans were determined on revenge. On 22nd June 1916 the 'Brussels' was surrounded by German warships and the crew interned. Fryatt was taken to Bruges where he was condemned (quite against the rules of war) by a military court, and shot despite the protests of neutral nations. See also Sir Henry Hughes Wilson. (bio by: David Conway) 
 
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  Ethel Fryatt (____ - 1956)*
 
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Cause of death: Executed
 
Burial:
Dovercourt All Saints Churchyard
Dovercourt
Tendring District
Essex, England
 
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Record added: Feb 22, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 20325
Charles Algernon Fryatt
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Charles Algernon Fryatt
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Charles Algernon Fryatt
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Brave Hero
- poddop
 Added: Nov. 19, 2015
We will not forget 27th July 1916Our hero.Thank you Charles.
- Tanya Ferguson
 Added: Oct. 28, 2015

- mj
 Added: Jul. 27, 2015
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