Dennis Douglas Frye

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Dennis Douglas Frye
Personal Information
Date of Birth 17 Apr 1907
Place of Birth Whitelsford, England
Death 9 Aug 2005, aged 98
Place of Death Ferndale, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 34 years, 9 months
Religion Church of England
Address Kelmscott, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs Muriel Frye
Military Information
Reg Number W21537
Date of Enlistment 26 Jan 1942
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 2nd (Fremantle) VDC Battalion
Post War Details
Fate Remained in Australia

Early Life

Dennis Douglas Frye was born in Whittlesford a village in England, on 17th April, 1907. His parents were Ernest Charles Townsend Frye and May Olivia Douglas. As a young man Dennis worked for The Peoples Dispensary for Sick Animals. In 1928 he visited Western Australia to explore farming opportunities. He worked on properties at Yoting and Dalwallinu. But the depression of the 1930s killed his farming ambitions. With a friend he went rabbit trapping.


In 1933, Dennis married Muriel Bustin, a girl with whom he had worked at the sick animal dispensary, years before. On the same day that they were married, Dennis and Muriel set off by ship to live in Kelmscott, WA. The first child of Dennis and Muriel, Marion Olivia, was born in 1935. She was followed by Wendy Charlotte in 1943. In 1967 Dennis’s wife, Muriel, died at 56 years of age. Dennis then married Hilda his first girlfriend back in England.

War Service

discharge date is unknown

Post War

For many long years Dennis gave freely to the youth of the area, acting as their Scout Master. He later went on to become the area’s District Commissioner. Dennis became well known and respected in the district as a member of the Progress Association, the Hall Committee, the Kelmscott Agricultural Society and many other sporting groups. He dedicated 14 long years to the Armadale –Kelmscott Roads Board, from 1946-1952 and again from 1962-1970. Frye Park in Clifton Street, opened in 1972, is named after him and his family.

Dennis Douglas Frye
Headstone Information
Date of Birth 17 April 1907
Age at Death 98 years
Transcription In Loving Memory of Dennis Douglas Frye Born 17/04/1907 Died 09/09/2005 Aged 98 Years
Grave Details
Burial Date 09 September 2005
Panel P8
Row B
Grave 3
Location Columbarium Wall