Major Bill Fraser MC - War diary 1939-1945

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Major Bill Fraser MC wearing a Gordon Highlanders Cap, c.1939

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No.8 Troop, 11 Commandos  (Scottish), c.1940

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Bill Fraser's Litani river map WO 218 171

A map drawn by Bill Fraser prior to the battle for Litani Bridge
during the invasion of Syria 8-10 June 1941

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L Detachment Nominal Roll September 1941.

The first roll-call of the newly formed L Detachment 1st SAS Brigade, August 1941
Bill is marked as promoted to Major and commanding A Group, No.1 Section, No.1 Troop


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Major Bill Fraser during the SAS’s North African campaign, 1941-43

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Markers show Bill’s movements from fighting with the British Expeditionary Force and retreating via Dunkirk to D-Day four years later, Operation Houndsworth and finally crossing the Rhine into Germany in March 1945

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SAS jeep 18 November 1944

The armoured assault jeeps were parachuted behind enemy lines in Eastern France in June 1944 they operated for three months behind enemy lines. They attacked supply routes, harrased German forces and mobilized and armed the French resistance. Bill was awarded the Croix de Guerre with Palm by the French government for his actions.


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The last photo of the Special Air Service prior to its disbandonment on 4th October 1945. Bill returned to the Gordon Highlanders but left the army after being demoted in 1946 for being drunk on duty. Bill worked as a costing’s clerk for an engineering company  in later life but he also spent some time in prison, convicted of a string of cat-burglaries. Bill passed on  in 1975 aged just fifty-eight and after a somewhat troubled post war life. He is omitted from most tellings of the SAS’s history.

Rest-in-Peace Major William Fraser, You Are Remembered. 


© Anthony C Heaford 2016