Ian Fraser, Lord Fraser of Lonsdale
Died: 19 Dec, 1974
Field: Politician; soldier; philanthropist
Location in the Abbey: West cloister
Type of memorial: Plaque

On 14 October 1976 a memorial for Ian Fraser, Baron Fraser of Lonsdale, was unveiled in the west cloister of Westminster Abbey. The memorial, of blue Coniston slate with a bronze profile head, was designed by David McFall and given by Lord Fraser's family and St Dunstan's (a charity for the blind). The inscription reads:

"IAN FRASER Baron Fraser of Lonsdale C.H.: C.B.E. 1897 1974 Blinded in the Battle of the Somme in 1916, for half a century he served his country in both Houses of Parliament, championed the cause of ex-service men and women and inspired the blind of many nations by his leadership as Chairman of St Dunstan's"

His coat of arms is shown above the tablet and at the base is a metal plate with a braille version of the inscription.

Lord Fraser was born in Eastbourne in Sussex, a son of William Percy Fraser and his wife Ethel (Cooke). He was educated at Marlborough School and Sandhurst Military Academy. He was Chairman of St Dunstan's from 1921-74 and was knighted in 1934, becoming a Life Peer in 1958. From 1947-58 he was National President of the Royal British Legion. He was a Companion of Honour.  He married Irene Mace and died on 19 December 1974. His grave is at Drumbeg church, Belfast.

A photo of the memorial can be purchased from Westminster Abbey Library.

(St Dunstan's is now known as Blind Veterans. The centenary service was held in the Abbey on 6 October 2015)

Further Reading

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 2004


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