Zavel Ephraim FREADMAN

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FREADMAN, Zavel Ephraim

Service Numbers: Not yet discovered
Enlisted: 23 December 1916, Served as Lt in 49th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces, Instructor at Broadmeadows.
Last Rank: Second Lieutenant
Last Unit: No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
Born: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 21 January 1895
Home Town: Hawksburn, Victoria
Schooling: Melbourne Continuation School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Architectural draftsman
Died: Aircraft accident - fractured skull, Scampton, Lincolnshire, England, 9 September 1917, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Willesden Jewish Cemetery
Willesden Jewish Cemetery (Section A.M.B.G.), Middlesex, England
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23 Dec 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, Australian Flying Corps (AFC), Served as Lt in 49th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces, Instructor at Broadmeadows.
17 Jan 1917: Involvement No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
17 Jan 1917: Embarked No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, RMS Omrah, Melbourne
Date unknown: Involvement Second Lieutenant

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Deaths Sep 1917 Freadman Zavel E 22 Lincoln 7a 461

He was 22 and the son of Jacob and Rachel Freadman. 

Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK

Died on this date - 9th September.....Second Lieutenant Zavel Empraim Freadman was born in Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria in 1895. He enlisted with the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 23rd December, 1916 as a 22 year old, single, Architectural Draughtsman from Hawksburn, Victoria.

Zavel Ephraim Freadman applied for a Commission in the Australian Flying Corps in December, 1916. His application form stated the following qualifications – “Passed Junior Public exam of Melbourne University. Served articles as an Architect; 2nd Lieutenant in Senior Cadets, at present Lieutenant in the 49th Infantry. Was 5 mths in Reinforcements Broadmeadows; appointed 2nd Lieutenant in Citizen Forces on 13th April, 1914 (in 60th Inf.)”

He again again applied for a Commission in the Australian Flying Corps in January, 1917. He added the following to his application – “Passed Officer’s Training School, passed Map Reading School, Lieutenant in 49th Inf.”

Second Lieutenant Zavel Ephraim Freadman embarked from Melbourne, Victoria on HMAT Omrah (A5) on 17th January, 1917 with the Australian Flying Corps, No. 4 Squadron “A” Flight & disembarked at Plymouth, England on 27th March, 1917. He was posted to A.F.C. (Australian Flying Corps) Depot at Perham Downs, Wiltshire, England from Australia on 27th March, 1917.

Second Lieut Freadman was transferred to No. 71 Squadron A.F.C. at Castle Bromwich, Birmingham, England on 2nd April, 1917. He was then on command at 47 Reserve Squadron, Waddington near Lincoln on 13th April, 1917 for instruction.

Second Lieut Freadman was on command at Course of Instruction with 45 Training Squadron at Waddington on 8th July, 1917. He was then attached to 60 Training Squadron.

Second Lieutenant Zavel Ephraim Freadman was piloting (solo) a Royal Aircraft Factory B.E. 2e – serial number B4450 from No. 60 Training Squadron at R.A.F. Scampton, Lincolnshire, England. The plane flat spinned which developed into a nose dive. Second Lieutenant Zavel Ephraim Freadman had flown for 14 hours, with solo flying for 2 hours & 5 minutes.

Second Lieutenant Zavel Ephraim Freadman was killed on 9th September, 1917 the result of an Aeroplane accident. (Note - Place of death according to Field Service form states Aerodrome West Common, Lincoln, England however from the Court of Enquiry - witness Captain George Levis stated that “Lieut. Z. E. Fredman Royal Flying Corps was admitted to his Hospital at 11.45 a.m. on the 9th September, 1917, suffering from fractured skull, the result of flying accident and died at 1 p.m. He was seen by me immediately on arrival here.”)

A Court of Enquiry was held at Scampton on 10th September, 1917 for the purpose of enquiring into the cause of the accident resulting in the death of Lieut. Z. E. Freadman, A.D.C., on 9th September, 1917.

Opinion – “The Court having considered the evidence is of opinion that accident to B.E. 2E. No. B4450 which led to the death of Lieut. Z. E. Freadman was caused by the Pilot getting into a flat spin which developed into a nose dive which he failed to rectify, and that the machine was in perfect flying condition when taken up by Lieut. Freadman on this Flight. The Court examined the wreckage at the scene of the accident. No information as to the cause of the accident could be obtained from such examination.”

Second Lieutenant Zavel Ephraim Freadman was buried in Willesden Jewish Cemetery, Willesden, Brent, London, England & has a Private Headstone. His death is still acknowledged by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)
Willesden Jewish Cemetery has 7 other WW1 Australian War Graves
https://ww1austburialsuk.weebly.com/jewish-cemetery.html

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