Malvern College First World War Casualty

2nd Lieut Frank Ernest Allien Freeman

Photo of Frank Ernest Allien Freeman
House and time at Malvern: No 7, 1911 - 1915.

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery.
Died: 21 March 1918 aged 21 in France. Killed in action.
Battle: German Spring Offensive. Cemetery: Pozieres Memorial P 7-10

Born July 2nd 1897. Son of Ernest A. and Florence M. Freeman, Ambleside Avenue, Streatham, and Hendon Hall. b. 1897.
Middle IV A - Matricu1ation Class. House Prefect. XI Cricket.
Great War, Private Labour Batt.; 2nd Lieutenant 18th Div. Ammunition Col. Royal Field Artillery attd. 83rd Bde.

'Frank Freeman came to Malvern the third term of 1911. He was the only son of Mr. E. A. Freeman of Streatham. As a small boy he showed signs of considerable promise in football, but he developed so late that he never got into the Football XI. He, however, showed skill as a slow bowler, and in his last season got into the Cricket XL. He got several Form Prizes, and was a keen member of the O.T.C. On leaving school he enlisted in a Labour Battalion, and was sent to the Front, being eventually transferred to a Battalion of the K.R.R. While with this Battalion he was recommended for a commission in the R.F.A., but was wounded before he could be sent home for training. On his recovery he was sent to the R.F.A. Cadet School at Exeter, and was eventually given a commission and posted to the Brigade commanded by Colonel Lyon at Ipswich for further training before proceeding Overseas. He was sent abroad early in February, and was killed on March 21st, the very first day of the great German advance. He had developed to an extraordinary degree after leaving school, and had grown into a fine fellow and showed signs of making a very good officer. Universally popular, and keen on everything he took up, he will be mourned by all who knew him at Malvern and elsewhere.' (Malvernian, Jun 1918).

Joined Bn in the field on 14 Sep 1916.
Wounded on 13 Oct 1916 and posted to England.
Posted to RFA Officer cadet School on 18 Jun 1917.
Discharged on receiving commission in RFA: 7 Dec 1917.

2 sisters: (Mrs Jenkins and Miss Sylivia Freeman)

Service Record:WO 339/87211