PRIVATE CECIL GEORGE FREEMAN

Died 29th January 1915
No. 3/6633 of the Bedfordshire Regiment, 1st Battalion.
Born: Peterborough
Resided: Woburn Sands
Enlisted: Old Fletton, Peterborough.

Cecil was the eldest son of Albert Herbert Freeman. His service number falls in a group that were issued October 1910.

Cecil landed in France on 19th September, 1914, in the replacements for the Battalions losses during the Battles of Mons and Le Cateau. His Battalion fought in the Battles of Marne, Aisne, La Bassee and probably at First Ypres.

He has a memorial stone in St Michaels churchyard, which says he was killed in action at Wulverghem, (which is near Ypres) aged 21, on 28th January. The 1st Bedfordshire had been in France since August 1914. He fell during a brief exchange of artillery fire as the Battalion improved the trenches overnight.

He is listed on the Ypres Menin Gate, Ieper, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. Listed on the Woburn Sands Memorial. HIs army service papers have not survived. In his Army Will, he left all his effects to his mother.

His stone at St. Michaels
From a postcard of Private Cecil George Freeman.


Some details kindly provided by Steve Fuller, "The Bedfordshire Regiment in the Great War", at www.bedfordregiment.org.uk