William Drummond FREEMAN

Badge Number: S8368, Sub Branch: Prospect

FREEMAN, William Drummond

Service Number: 3315
Enlisted: 22 July 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Islington, South Australia, Australia, January 1894
Home Town: Prospect, Prospect, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Boilermaker
Died: 17 February 1962, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Dudley Park Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide South Australian Railways WW1 & WW2 Honour Boards, Prospect Roll of Honour A-G WWI Board
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World War 1 Service

22 Jul 1915: Enlisted South Australian Military Forces, SN 3315, 10th Infantry Battalion
27 Oct 1915: Involvement Private, SN 3315, 10th Infantry Battalion
27 Oct 1915: Embarked Private, SN 3315, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Benalla, Adelaide
29 Feb 1916: Transferred South Australian Military Forces, 50th Infantry Battalion, William Drummond Freeman was transferred from the 10th infantry battalion to the 50th infantry battalion
11 Nov 1918: Involvement Private, SN 3315, 50th Infantry Battalion
15 Nov 1918: Discharged Army Reserve WW2, SN 3315, 50th Infantry Battalion, Discharge due to being medically unfit as a cause of injury.

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Biography contributed by Saint Ignatius' College

Before war

William Drummond Freeman (full name) was born in Islington, South Australia in approximately January 1894. He had a job as a boiler maker and lived in Prospect, South Australia. Upon enlisting he notes that he had no previous experience with the military. Before he left to go to war, he was single and his next of kin was his father. He was enlisted into the army and he sailed to war on the 19th of October 1915 on the HMAT A24 Benalla at the age of 21 and a half years.

During War

William Freeman was moved from the 10th battalion to the 50th on 29th of February 1916, a short while after he arrived in Egypt. William Drummond Freeman only suffered one substantial physical injury during his time serving for the Australian Military; this was a Gun Shot Wound (GSW) to his right hand that likely stopped him from being able to serve effectively. This wound was received in action on the 10th of January 1917 in Cardonette, France. In this battle, there was increased efforts from the opposing side and listed as being very few injuries. This was the only time listed on that date that a Private rank soldier could have been injured with a GSW. This injury caused him to be sent to hospital in England and was marked as serious. Later, he was sent back to France to fight after he had healed from his injury. He was transferred to the 70th battalion, and shortly after, the 48th, all while still in England. Shortly after, he ended up back at the 50th battalion in France on 24th October 1917. On 21st March 1918 he suffered an injury to his finger that stopped him from being able to serve well enough to stay. He was sent back to England, where he embarked on a ship to Australia.

After War

William Drummond Freeman was returned, alive, to Australia. From his documents, we can see that he got married, as before he left, he was listed as being single; in documents created after he returns, he is noted as having a wife. The only reason this could be true is if he got married after returning. Later on, William Drummond Freeman has filled out a form saying that he has lost his discharge notice and needs to receive a copy of the form. Later, in 1946 we see that his wife has asked for another form, either meaning that they did not receive a form, or that he is dead, and she needs it for her widow’s pension. At the time Mr Freeman applied for the form, in September 1945 he would have been roughly 52 years of age. This means that he lived through two world wars. According to RSL records he died on 17th February 1962 and was buried at Dudley Park Cemetery.