Michael FryerMichael was involved in the Battle of the Hook.
Michael Fryer – Film 1Michael was born in 1933 in London. During the war he was evacuated to a small village in Suffolk and he talks about his experience with the Americans in the area. He was an apprentice boiler maker before he joined the army. He sailed to Korea on the HMT Lancashire. Until then, the furtherest he had travelled was Colchester!
Michael Fryer – Film 2Unusually, Michael was flown into Pusan on an American Globemaster before being moved up-to Seoul. He joined the 55th Field Squadron, Royal Engineers and was based near the 38th Parallel. Finding two dead Americans slumped over a machine gun was not a nice experience.
Michael Fryer – Film 3Michael spent 9 months in Bomb Disposal mainly dealing with mines. He recalls a squaddie called Bill Williams being peppered by shards of stone when a blast goes off. He also recalls the Mortician who dealt with the dead from both sides. He needed his RnR in Inchon.
Michael Fryer – Film 4In his final film, he recalls one of the Battles of the Hook where he was assisting the Royal Ordinance Corp with replenishing the ammunition. Michael left Korea on HMT Empire Fowey in 1953. He was demobbed after 3 years and struggled with his mental health for a time after. Thank you for sharing your story with us Michael.
Michael was involved in the Battle of the Hook.