Company Sergeant Major (Instructor)
Army Physical Training Corps
Thursday, January 16, 1919
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Company Sergeant Major (Instructor) Alex Frickleton was the head of the Physical Training Team of Sgt's Bissell [more....] and Bellringer [more....] at the Commando Depot [more....].
In his book 'It had to be Tough', the author James Dunning describes CSMI Frickleton's role and adds that he was " a splendid warrant officer." Donald Gilchrist, author of 'Castle Commando', describes him as " a small compact bundle of muscles with a head of closely cropped curls and a well developed sense of humour." Both authors served as Instructors at Achnacarry.
A document titled "The Fighting Frickletons - Born up the Braes" [read in full ....] describes him as follows "Alex Frickleton was born in 1919, attended Drumbowie Primary School at Standburn. Alex’s father was a cousin to Samuel Frickleton, VC. [more....]"
Little else was known of him other than he was listed in the Commando Association Lost Legion Lists (Issue No.5 in 1974) as members they had lost contact with over the years. However on the 10th January 2016 we were informed that Alex was living in Ontario. He passed away on the 23rd March 2017.
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