Charles 'Pop' Fraser

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Charles Fraser
Charles Fraser.jpg
Nickname(s) Pop
Born (1915-04-06)April 6, 1915[1]
Mooi River[1][2]
Died 18 December 1994(1994-12-18) (aged 79)[1]
Howick, KwaZulu-Natal[1]
Allegiance  Republic of South Africa
Service/branch  South African Army
Years of service 1934 – 1973
Commands held Chief of the Army
Battles/wars World War II
Spouse(s) Nancy Frances Margaret Ford[1]
Other work South African Ambassador to Iran

Lieutenant-General Charles Alan 'Pop' Fraser SSA SM (6 April 1915 – 18 December 1994)[1] was a South African military commander. He joined the South African Army as a part-time Active Citizen Force soldier in 1934 and became a full-time Permanent Force member in 1946. He served in World War II.

With the rank of captain, he completed the 5th Senior Staff Duties War course at the British Middle East Staff College, Haifa in Palestine during period 8 September - 31 December 1941. During World War II, the Cape Field Artillery was amalgamated with the 6th Field Regiment, South African Artillery, in September 1943. On 1 October 1943 became 1/6 Field Regiment. Fraser, as a lieutenant-colonel assumed command of this regiment on 21 October 1944 when Lt-Col Kay, officer commanding, died of wounds. Fraser was in turn succeeded by Lt-Col IB Whyte.[3]

He served as Chief of the Army from 1966 to 1967,[4] and as General Officer Commanding Joint Combat Forces, co-ordinating Army and Air Force operations and training, from 1967 to 1973. As GOCJCF, he was the third-highest-ranking officer in the South African Defence Force's Supreme Command.

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  1. ^ a b c d e f "Charles Alan Fraser". 
  2. ^ Uys, Ian (1992). South African Military Who's Who 1452-1992. Fortress Publishers. ISBN 0-9583173-3-X. 
  3. ^ "Cape Field Artillery". Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa. 3. Nasou Limited. 1971. pp. 30–1. ISBN 978-0-625-00324-2. 
  4. ^ Nöthling, C.J.; Meyers, E.M. (1982). "Leaders through the years (1912-1982)". Scientaria Militaria. 12 (2): 92. 
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Alan John Coxley
Ambassador to Iran
1973 – 1979
Title next held by
Moosa Moolla in 1994
Military offices
Preceded by
Nick Bierman
GOC Joint Combat Forces
1967 – 1973
Post Abolished
New title
Post renamed
Chief of the South African Army
1966 – 1967
Succeeded by
Willem Louw
Preceded by
Petrus Jacobs
South African Army Chief of Staff
1965 – 1966
Post renamed
Preceded by
Petrus Jacobs
OC Natal Command
c. 1958 – c. 1960
Succeeded by
Carl Leisegang
Preceded by
Lesley Duncan Kay
OC 6th Field Artillery
1944 – 1945
Succeeded by
IB Whyte