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Freeman, A S

Poona (St. Sepulchre's) Cemetery, India

Poona (St. Sepulchre's) Cemetery, India

Notice of Death appears in Jersey Evening Post of Monday 11 June 1917

Commemorated on St Paul's School Memorial, Jersey
Commemorated on St Paul's Church Memorial, Jersey

NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Monday 11 June 1917

Roll of Honour. Mrs Freeman of 21 Hue Street on Saturday received the sad news of her husband's death in hospital in Poonah in India. The news was received by her in a War Office communication which expressed deep regret for the widow and included a formal expression of sympathy from His Majesty the King. Corporal Freeman was formerly in the employ of the Post Office as a telegraphic linesman and in 1915 he joined the Royal Engineers and 12 months later he was sent to Mesopotamia. He was unfortunately stricken down by malaria and sunstroke and subsequently contracted typhoid. He was taken to hospital in India and he died there on 4 June of epilepsy. The deceased leaves a widow and one little boy, to whom we offer our fullest sympathy in their bereavement.





Commonwealth War Graves Commission Record

Alfred Samuel  Freeman

Corporal Alfred Samuel Freeman
BA Cable Section, Royal Engineers

Husband of Priscilla Freeman (nee Le Rossignol) of Timaru, Devonshire Lane, St Helier, Jersey

Died , aged 27 years

NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Thursday 26 July 1917

Roll of Honour. The widow of Corporal A Freeman of the Royal Engineers, who died recently in India, has received letters of condolence from the officers of her husband's Company and his comrades, all the writers expressing the high regard in which the late Corporal was held. The following is from Captain C J S Le Cornu, son of Mr C F Le Cornu of Carlton House. "Dear Mrs Freeman, I hope you will accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of your husband. I can assure you he is very sincerely mourned here. I have not been here long and I only heard quite lately that he was from Jersey, and being from Jersey myself I thought you might like to hear any details I could give you, the officer commanding his company is also writing to you. I attended your husband's funeral on Tuesday last (5 June). His end was quite peaceful and no suffering as he was not conscious. He is buried in the Poonah Military Cemetery and I shall go down and see that his grave is well cared for. He was an excellent soldier in every possible way and immensely popular with his comrades; I think in fact that every possible man in this Depot who could get off duty attended his funeral, which was with full Military Honours. I hope this may be of some small comfort to you in your sorrow. Your husband died doing his duty and was respected and liked by both officers and men here as an excellent soldier. Yours sincerely, C J S LE CORNU. Captain 56th Rifles".



(Photograph courtesy of Joan Arnold, his Granddaughter)