Clarence Fry was born in Bridgwater in October 1898 to William and Rosa Fry. Rosa seems to have died soon after as in 1901 Clarence, aged 5, was living with his grandparents in Alderbury in Wiltshire. In 1911 Clarence had returned to his father and lived in 58 Ashleigh Avenue which was called Verona. Aged 12 he was still in school, his father William was working as a Cheese Monger. William had remarried to Amy Mary Fry, and they had had a daughter, Amy.
He died in wounds in Britain on 5 November 1918. His war record is somewhat patchy. He served for a time in the Royal Army Service Corps, but when he died he was a Private in the 1st Battalion Wiltshire Regiment. In 1918 that particular unit was involved in some of the bloodier battles in the Western Front, so presumably Clarence was wounded in action.