In March, the Bury Free Press published the news that Tom Frewer of 5th Suffolks had recovered from his wounds and was back with his Battalion in Egypt.
Tom had been shot through the head and the knee during the attack on Hill 60 at Gallipoli. He had been invalided off the peninsular to hospital on Lemnos, where in the fullness of time he made a complete recovery.
Tom came from the locally famous Frewer family who had no fewer than eight of its male members serving for King and Country.
Tom's father, David, was in 1916, serving as a postman in Bury St. Edmunds, but he had previously served with the 1st Battalion for over 20 years been part of the Hazara Expedition in Afghanistan between 1878-80. His eldest son, Reginald, was a Grenadier Guardsman, wounded on the Aisne, no fewer than five times. He received a discharge from the Army in 1915. Joe Frewer was serving with the Life Guards, but no news had been received of him for several weeks. The youngest Frewer, Frank was a gunner in the 46th Company, Royal Garrison Artillery. There was Tom wounded at Gallipoli, and two sons-in-law, Thomas and Andrew who were serving with Army Vetinary Corps and the Royal Flying Corps, respectfully.
The newspaper noted "Since the great European upheaval has been in progress, many fine examples of local family patriotism have been recorded in our columns, but it is extremely doubtful whether a more striking and notable one than that of Mrs and Mrs David Frewer's family has ever been published by us."
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