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Charles Burgess Fry, son of Lewis John Fry and Constance Isabella Fry [White]
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Charles Burgess (C. B.) Fry was born on 25th April 1872 at Croydon, Surrey, the eldest son of Lewis John Fry and Constance Isabella White who had married at Hove, Sussex in 1871. His early years were spent in Kent and East Sussex before winning a scholarship in 1885 to Repton School where he established himself as an all-round athlete, footballer and cricketer as well as being a prominent classics scholar. A scholarship to Wadham College, Oxford in 1891 led to four years where he excelled at sports, winning blues for cricket, football and athletics as well as setting the world long jump record and being an enthusiastic member of the Oxford University Dramatic Society and fine raconteur. However, a nervous breakdown led to a poor degree in humanities in 1895. On leaving university, his cricketing blossomed with Sussex, his adopted home, where C.B. Fry played from 1894 to 1908, and where he and Kumar Shri Ranjitsinhji had a formidable partnership. He played twenty-six test matches for England culminating in his final appearance in India in 19212, and he finished with career statistics of 30,886 runs at an outstanding average of 50.22; he scored 94 centuries.

Fry taught at Charterhouse from 1896 to 1898 before establishing himself as journalist and writer on cricket. He collaborated with Kumar Shri Ranjitsinhji and George Bedlam on various books on cricket and, with his wife, he wrote a novel about the world of cricket. C.B. Fry was a prolific journalist for The Captain, launched in 1899, and the Daily Express, which commenced in 1900 and, in 1904, The Newnes publishing house launched a magazine named after him for which he wrote numerous articles on many aspects of life until 1914 when the magazine ceased publication.

Fry married Beatrice Holme-Sumner on 4th June 1898 at St Pancras, London and the couple bore a son and two daughters. Beatrice had been the mistress of Charles Hoare, a partner in the family banking business, and after initial difficulties in the relationship, Fry's cricketing career was subsidized by Charles Hoare. On Hoare's death in 1908, Charles and Beatrice Fry took over the running of the training ship "Mercury" based at the Hamble in Hampshire and founded by Charles Hoare in 1885. Fry remained a Director of the training ship until 1950. Between the wars Fry suffered bouts of mental illness before returning to journalism at the Evening Standard in 1934 and he was very active for the rest of his life, in print, on radio, and on television. He wrote his autobiography, "Life Worth Living" in 1939.

Beatrice died in 1946 and Charles lived on for the next ten years until he died of kidney failure at the Middlesex Hospital, London, on 7th September 1956. A private funeral service was held at Golders Green crematorium on 11th September and his ashes were interred at Repton parish church on 28th September.

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Date
Type
Information
Source
 
25th Apr 1872
Born
In the Parish of Croydon, Surrey
Val Dunphy's records
 
4th Jun 1898
Married
Beatrice Holme-Sumner at St Pancras, in London
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1899
Birth of a daughter
Charis in the Parish of Marylebone, London
1901 Census
West End, Hampshire
 
23rd May 1900
Birth of a son
Stephen Hope in the Parish of Chelsea, London
1901 Census
West End, Hampshire
 
1910
Birth of a daughter
Faith, in London
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7th Sep 1956
Died
At Child's Hill in the Parish of Hampstead, London
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Ancestor's report
Descendent's report
Fry, Fray, Fre, Frie, Frye, ffrie family records
The ancestral pedigree of Charles Burgess Fry
  
 Alexander Frym: 29th Apr 1669 All Saints Church, Heathfield, SussexFrances Ellis 
 b: c 1645
d: July 1677 Mayfield, Sussex, husband of Frances
bur: 11th Jul 1677 St. Dunstan Church, Mayfield, Sussex
  b: c 1645
  
      
 John Thomas Frances Alexander Frances 
 b: 1670 Mayfield, Sussex
ch: 10th Mar 1670 St. Dunstan Church
 b: 1671 Mayfield, Sussex
ch: 16th Jun 1671 St. Dunstan Church
 b: 1673 Mayfield, Sussex
ch: January 1673 St. Dunstan Church
 b: 1674 Mayfield, Sussex
ch: 7th Sep 1674 St. Dunstan Church, son of Alexander Fry
 b: 1676 Mayfield, Sussex
ch: 26th Dec 1676 St. Dunstan Church, daughter of Alex Fry & Frances Fry
 
             
Great-
Great-Great-
Great-Great-
Grandfather record
   
   
   
 Thomas Frym: 20th Jun 1695 St. Thomas à Becket's Church, Framfield, SussexMary Cripps 
 b: 1671 Mayfield, Sussex
ch: 16th Jun 1671 St. Dunstan Church
  b: c 1675
  
      
 Thomas Ann Susanna Sarah John 
 b: 1697 Mayfield, Sussex
ch: 10th Aug 1697 St. Dunstan Church, son of Thomas Fry & Mary Fry
d: October 1776 Mayfield, Sussex
bur: 16th Oct 1776 St. Dunstan Church, Mayfield, Sussex
 b: 1700 Mayfield, Sussex
ch: 8th Aug 1700 St. Dunstan Church, daughter of Thos. Fry & My Fry
 b: 1702 Mayfield, Sussex
ch: 15th May 1702 St. Dunstan Church, daughter of Thomas Fry & Mary Fry
 b: 1702/03 Mayfield, Sussex
ch: 1st Jan 1702/03 St. Dunstan Church, daughter of Thomas Fry & Mary Fry
d: February 1710 Mayfield, Sussex, daughter of Thomas
bur: 13th Feb 1710 St. Dunstan Church, Mayfield, Sussex
 b: 1705 Mayfield, Sussex
ch: 31st Jul 1705 St. Dunstan Church, son of Thomas Fry & Mary Fry
d: June 1786 Mayfield, Sussex, aged 82 years
bur: 1st Jun 1786 St. Dunstan Church, Mayfield, Sussex
 
             
Great-Great-
Great-Great-
Grandfather record
   
   
    
 John Frym: 30th Mar 1736 St. Michael's Church, Withyham, SussexHannah Burges 
 b: 1705 Mayfield, Sussex
ch: 31st Jul 1705 St. Dunstan Church, son of Thomas Fry & Mary Fry
d: June 1786 Mayfield, Sussex, aged 82 years
bur: 1st Jun 1786 St. Dunstan Church, Mayfield, Sussex
  b: 1708 Rotherfield, Sussex
ch: 29th Jan 1708 St. Denys Church
d: 5th Feb 1780 Mayfield, Sussex, Aged 72 years
bur: 5th Feb 1780 St. Dunstan Church, Mayfield, Sussex
  
     
 Thomas John Thomas Robert 
 b: 1737 Mayfield, Sussex
ch: 18th Apr 1737 St. Dunstan Church, son of John Fry & Hannah Fry
 b: 1738 Mayfield, Sussex
ch: 12th Jul 1738 St. Dunstan Church, son of John Fry & Hannah Fry
d: June 1813 Mayfield, Sussex, aged 74 years
bur: 11th Jun 1813 St. Dunstan Church, Mayfield, Sussex
 b: 1741/42 Mayfield, Sussex
ch: 27th Jan 1741/42 St. Dunstan Church, son of John Fry & Hannah Fry
d: August 1746 Mayfield, Sussex, son of John & Hannah
bur: 12th Aug 1746 St. Dunstan Church, Mayfield, Sussex
 b: 30th Mar 1747 Mayfield, Sussex
ch: 21st Apr 1747 St. Dunstan Church, son of John Fry & Hannah Fry
d: 17th Jan 1814 Rotherfield, Sussex, aged 66 years
bur: 24th Jan 1814 St. Denys Church, Rotherfield, Sussex, will proven 21st May 1814
 
           
Great-
Great-Great-
Grandfather record
   
   
   
 John Fry
gentleman
m: 2nd May 1787 St. Bartholomew's Church, Burwash, Sussex
Lewes marriage licence: John Fry, batchelor, 40+, Mayfield, gent & Martha Constable, spinster, 35+, Burwash
Martha Constable 
 b: 1738 Mayfield, Sussex
ch: 12th Jul 1738 St. Dunstan Church, son of John Fry & Hannah Fry
d: June 1813 Mayfield, Sussex, aged 74 years
bur: 11th Jun 1813 St. Dunstan Church, Mayfield, Sussex
  b: 1750
d: July 1816 Skippers Hill, Mayfield, Sussex, aged 66 years, widow of Rotherfield, late Skipper's Hill
bur: 23rd Jul 1816 St. Dunstan Church, Mayfield, Sussex
  
    
 John Robert Thomas 
 b: 1788 Mayfield, Sussex
ch: 12th Mar 1788 St. Dunstan Church, son of John Fry & Martha Fry
d: January 1845 Skippers Hill, Mayfield, Sussex, aged 56 years; Will proven on 2nd April 1845
bur: 3rd Jan 1845 St. Dunstan Church, Mayfield, Sussex
 b: 1790 Mayfield, Sussex
ch: 25th Jan 1790 St. Dunstan Church, son of John Fry & Martha Fry
d: July 1860 Mayfield, Sussex, aged 70 years
bur: 24th Jul 1860 St. Dunstan Church, Mayfield, Sussex
 b: 1791 Mayfield, Sussex
ch: 27th May 1791 St. Dunstan Church, son of John Fry & Martha Fry
d: September 1827 Walshes, Rotherfield, Sussex
bur: 18th Sep 1827 St. Denys Church, Rotherfield, Sussex
 
          
Great-Great-
Grandfather record
   
   
    
 Thomas Fry
gentleman
m: 31st Dec 1811 St. Denys Church, Rotherfield, SussexMary Hannah Fry 
 b: 1791 Mayfield, Sussex
ch: 27th May 1791 St. Dunstan Church, son of John Fry & Martha Fry
d: September 1827 Walshes, Rotherfield, Sussex
bur: 18th Sep 1827 St. Denys Church, Rotherfield, Sussex
  b: 1791 Rotherfield, Sussex
ch: 10th Dec 1791 St. Denys Church, daughter of Robert Fry & Mary Fry
  
   
 Robert Burges Mary Jane Burges 
 b: 7th Aug 1815 Rotherfield, Sussex
ch: 17th Jan 1816 St. Denys Church, son of Thomas Fry (gentleman) & Mary Hannah Fry
d: May 1866 Rotherfield, Sussex, aged 50 years
bur: 26th May 1866 St. Denys Church, Rotherfield, Sussex
 b: 29th Dec 1821 Rother House, Rotherfield, Sussex
ch: 16th Jan 1822 St. Denys Church, daughter of Thomas Fry, esquire & Mary Hannah Fry
d: 23rd Nov 1827 Rotherfield, Sussex, aged 5 years
bur: 8th Dec 1827 St. Denys Church, Rotherfield, Sussex
 
      
Great-
Grandfather record
   
   
    
 Robert Burges Fry
landed proprietor
m: 24th Nov 1838 St. Mark's Church, Hadlow Down, SussexJemima Baldock 
 b: 7th Aug 1815 Rotherfield, Sussex
ch: 17th Jan 1816 St. Denys Church, son of Thomas Fry (gentleman) & Mary Hannah Fry
d: May 1866 Rotherfield, Sussex, aged 50 years
bur: 26th May 1866 St. Denys Church, Rotherfield, Sussex
  b: 1819 Mayfield, Sussex
d: January 1874 Rotherfield, Sussex, Aged 54 years
bur: 8th Jan 1874 St. Denys Church, Rotherfield, Sussex
  
           
Maria Jemima  Lewis  Mary Louisa Thomas Burgess Jemima Hannah Jane Caroline William Walter Baldock Henry Robert Ashton 
b: 17th Nov 1839 Walshes, Rotherfield, Sussex
ch: 17th Jan 1840 St. Denys Church, daughter of Robert Burgess Fry, esquire & Jemima Fry
d: November 1844 Rotherfield, Sussex, aged 5 years
bur: 14th Dec 1844 St. Denys Church, Rotherfield, Sussex
  b: 20th Mar 1843 Walshes, Rotherfield, Sussex
ch: 5th Apr 1843 St. Denys Church, son of Robert Burgess Fry, esquire & Jemima Fry
  b: 29th May 1847 Walshes, Rotherfield, Sussex
ch: 4th Jul 1847 St. Denys Church, daughter of Rob. Burges Fry (farmer) & Jemima Fry
 b: 8th Jul 1850 Walshes, Rotherfield, Sussex
ch: 1st Sep 1850 St. Denys Church, son of Robert Burgess Fry (gentleman) & Jemima Fry
 b: 1853 Walshes, Rotherfield, Sussex
ch: 3rd Jul 1853 St. Denys Church, daughter of Robert Burgess Fry (gentleman) & Jemima Fry
d: 25th Jan 1867 Rotherfield, Sussex, aged 13 years
bur: 2nd Feb 1867 St. Denys Church, Rotherfield, Sussex
 b: 1856 Walshes, Rotherfield, Sussex
ch: 6th Jan 1856 St. Denys Church, daughter of Robert Burgess Fry (gentleman) & Jemima Fry
 b: 1858 Walshes, Rotherfield, Sussex
ch: 12th Dec 1858 St. Denys Church, son of Robert Burgess Fry (gentleman) & Jemima Fry
 b: 1862 Walshes, Rotherfield, Sussex
ch: 11th May 1862 St. Denys Church, son of Robert Burgess Fry (gentleman) & Jemima Fry
 
  Robert Burges  Elizabeth Martha            
  b: 14th Aug 1841 Walshes, Rotherfield, Sussex
ch: 24th Nov 1841 St. Denys Church, son of Robert Burgess Fry, esquire & Jemima Fry
d: 9th Nov 1844 Rotherfield, Sussex, aged 3 years
bur: 13th Nov 1844 St. Denys Church, Rotherfield, Sussex
  b: 1845 Walshes, Rotherfield, Sussex
ch: 1st Jun 1845 St. Denys Church, daughter of Robert Burgess Fry (yeoman) & Jemima Fry
            
                 
Grandfather record
   
   
   
 Lewis John Frym: 28th Aug 1871 Hove, SussexConstance Isabella White 
 b: 20th Mar 1843 Walshes, Rotherfield, Sussex
ch: 5th Apr 1843 St. Denys Church, son of Robert Burgess Fry, esquire & Jemima Fry
  b: 1846 Acton, Middlesex
  
      
 Charles Burgess Isabella Beatrice Rhoda Hilda Burgess Walter Burgess 
 b: 25th Apr 1872 Croydon, Surrey
d: 7th Sep 1956 Child's Hill, Hampstead, London
 b: 1874 Croydon, Surrey
ch: 20th Sep 1874 Hove, Sussex
 b: 1876 Hove, Sussex
ch: 28th Sep 1876
 b: 1879 Chislehurst, Kent
ch: 27th Apr 1879
 b: 1879 Orpington, Kent
ch: 27th Apr 1879 Kent
 
            
Parental record
   
   
    
 Charles Burgess Frym: 4th Jun 1898 St Pancras, LondonBeatrice Holme-Sumner 
 b: 25th Apr 1872 Croydon, Surrey
d: 7th Sep 1956 Child's Hill, Hampstead, London
  b: 12th Jul 1862 Guildford, Surrey
d: 23rd Apr 1946 Southampton, Hampshire
  
    
 Charis Stephen Hope Faith 
 b: 1899 Marylebone, London b: 23rd May 1900 Chelsea, London
d: 18th May 1979 Notting Hill, London
 b: 1910 London 
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