George Freeman

Name

George Freeman

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

05/11/1917
38

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
290887
Suffolk Regiment
1st/5th Bn.

Awards

British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) WAR CEMETERY
B.102
Iraq

Headstone

>Not Researched

UK Memorials

Not on the Graveley memorials
Not on the St Ippolyts Church memorial
St Mary's Church Memorial, Shephall - Not yet confirmed

Pre War

George was born in St Ippolyts, near Hitchin, Hertfordshire. Later in life he worked in Stevenage as a Domestic Groom and lived in Nottingham Road with his wife, Agnes, and their son, William John.

Wartime Service

The Battalion were serving in Egypt and Palestine after having served on the Gallipoli Peninsular. On the 5th November 1917 they were in trenches at a location in Palestine named Fusilier Ridge, and were ordered to attack Turkish positions. The enemy artillery were using high bursting Shrapnel shells which caused many men to become wounded, one of whom was George Freeman. He died as a result of his injuries and is buried in the Deir El Belah War Cemetery, Israel.

Additional Information

www.stevenageatwar.com

Acknowledgments

Paul Johnson, Jill Campbell (Stevenage Museum) - Photo