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Commanding Officer, Otago Division of the RNVR: 1936 – 1939

Commander F. Fraser, MBE, RNVR
Commanding Officer, Otago Division of the RNVR: 1936 – 1939

Commander F. (Frisky) Fraser, MBE, RNVR

Commander Frederick Fraser probably served in the later stages of World War 1.   With the arrival of HMS CHATHAM he joined her as a cook.   On completion of his service he returned to Dunedin where he established the Fraser Bakery and was commissioned in the Territorials.

 

When Commander Watson published the need for officers for the new Otago Division, part of the New Zealand Division of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Commander Fraser along with at least two others, Alexander Swanson (later first Commanding Officer post war) and P.G. Connolly ( later Minister of Defence) were commissioned on 2 April 1928.   In 1936 he was appointed Commanding Officer.

 

On the outbreak of war in September 1939 he was considered too old for active service and was appointed as Resident Naval Officer Dunedin, and as Commanding Officer of the Dunedin Sea Cadet Corps.   Here he trained youth towards joining the Navy as seaman boys at 16.   He died in 1962.

 

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