William Fry (British Army officer)

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Sir William Fry

14th Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man
In office
MonarchGeorge V
Preceded byLord Raglan
Succeeded bySir Claude Hill
Personal details
William Fry

8 September 1858
Died30 March 1934 (1934-03-31) (aged 75)
Spouse(s)Ellen Margaret Goldie-Taubman
Military service
Allegiance United Kingdom
Branch/serviceFlag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service1878–1919
RankMajor General
CommandsMounted Infantry School
Lancashire Regiment District
East Lancashire Division
1st London Division
2/1st London Division
30th Division
Battles/warsSecond Anglo-Afghan War
Second Boer War
World War I

Major General Sir William Fry KCVO CB (8 September 1858 – 30 March 1934) was a British Army officer who became Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man.

Military career[edit]

Fry joined the British Army in 1878 and served in the Second Anglo-Afghan War as well as the Second Boer War.[1] He was appointed Commandant of the Mounted Infantry School at Bulford in 1905, Brigadier General commanding the Lancashire Regiment District in 1907 and Commander of the East Lancashire Division in 1908.[1] He went on to be Deputy Director General of the Territorial Force in 1910 and Commander of the 1st London Division of the Territorial Force in 1912.[1] He served in World War I as Commander of 30th Division and then as Major-General in Charge of Administration in Ireland until his retirement in 1919.[2] He was also Colonel of the West Yorkshire Regiment.[2]

In retirement he became Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man.[2] He lived at Winkfield in Berkshire.[2]


In 1886, he married Ellen Margaret Goldie-Taubman.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Sir William Fry Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  2. ^ a b c d e The Peerage.com
Government offices
Preceded by
Lord Raglan
Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man
Succeeded by
Sir Claude Hill