Lt Freeman, 15 Bn AIF

Lieutenant Douglas Stephen Freeman
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Lieutenant Douglas Stephen

C Company, 15th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force

Born 18th March 1876, in Marrickville, Sydney, NSW
[Birth certificate: 1876 05952, NSW]

Educated: Tamworth Grammar School, Tamworth NSW and Newington College, Sydney NSW

Single; Mining Engineer, mine manager, care of Bundaberg P.O., Queensland

Next of Kin listed as: Father; William Freeman. Mother; Lucy Rose Freeman, of Clodagh House, Beresford Rd, Rose Bay, Sydney, NSW

Photos of Lieutenant Freeman are known to exist in the following locations:
Group photo Unit History p18 (facing). Argus 20 May 1915 p5. Sydney Mail 26 May 1915 p8

Died of wounds
3rd May 1915
at Quinn's Post
Aged 39

15th Battalion, A.I.F.

No Known Grave


4th son. Managed Queensland Copper Co., Mount Perry, Queensland. (Argus 17 May 1915 p6).

Bean lists Freeman as being from Cootamundra, NSW. Embarkation roll address appears above. (Mentioned; Bean V2 91n).

Commanded the right sector of Quinn's Post from just before mid-day, 29th April. According to the following account, he was killed the next morning. CWGC and the Roll of honour in the Unit History, however, give the date of his death as 3rd May.

'On Friday morning, April 30, Lieutenant Freeman was killed. The Post had been rather quiet for an hour or more until suddenly a sniper commenced putting his shots right into the centre of Freeman's trench. About 8 a.m., a young Westralian actually stood upon the parados of Collin's trench and asked for his brother who was serving in the 15th Battalion. After this the annoyance caused by the sniper was too much for the impetuous Freeman, and leaping from his trench he ran across the high ground into the trench occupied by Lieutenant Collin. How he escaped being fired upon is a mystery. Once in the trench he soundly rated Collin's men for not putting the sniper out of action and seizing a rifle, nestled into the parapet and fired a shot. Declaring he had missed, he jerked the bolt back, nestled down again, and fired a second shot. Simultaneously with its report came the crack of a sniper's rifle and Freeman fell back dead in the trench.' (Chataway p27).

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