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Place of birthGeelong, Victoria
SchoolGeelong College, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressWaverley, Western Beach, Geelong, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, Benjamin James Freeman, Waverley, Western Beach, Geelong, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed as Senior Cadet and in 71st Infantry Regiment.
Enlistment date10 February 1916
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 11
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/16/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 5 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Machine Gun Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)


Recommendation date: 4 October 1917

Mention in Despatches

Work at Armentieres on 13 March 1917.
Recommendation date: 19 October 1917

FateKilled in Action 15 October 1917
Place of death or woundingGravenstafel
Age at death19
Place of burialTyne Cot Cemetery (Plot XII, Row B, Grave No. 14), Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Benjamin James and Emily FREEMAN, 92 Western Beach, Geelong, Victoria

Military Cross

''For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in charge of six machine guns. He advanced with the infantry, and, though his team sustained casualties, succeeded in getting the whole of his guns to the final objective. He displayed great skill in handling them, and inflicted severe losses on the enemy.''
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 150
Date: 24 September 1918

Family/military connectionsJames Arthur Freeman DCM.

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