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Private Walter Clarke Freeman

50690 2nd Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers

Grave F.16Son of Annie Freeman

Aged 19 years

Died 14th July 1918

Commemorated at Conde-sur-L'Escaut Communal Cemetery
Grave A.60.
And in Rushden Cemetery
Grave F.16

Born at Rushden and enlisted at Kettering.
The Rushden Echo Friday 3 May 1918, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Rushden's Casualty List

Mrs Freeman, of 121 High-street-south, Rushden, has received official news that her son, Pte Walter Freeman, of the Lancashire Fusiliers, has been missing from his regiment for five weeks. Pte Freeman, who is but 19 years of age, joined the Colours at the beginning of last year, up to which time he was employed by Messrs. Ingle and Sons, leather merchants, Rushden and Leeds. His name is on the Roll of Honour at the Park-road Baptist Church, and he was registrar for the Sunday school in connection with that place of worship. Pte Freeman was an enthusiastic sportsman, playing cricket for the Park-road Baptist Cricket Club, and football for the National School Football Club.

The Rushden Echo Friday 27 July 1917, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Rushden's Soldiers Sons - High Street South District - Another Winter on the Front - 'Dear Old Rushden'

Miss Tuner, the secretary of the Roll of Honour for High street south, Little street, Co-operative row and Bedford road, Rushden has received nearly 70 letters of thanks from soldiers and sailors who have received gifts from the war shrine. One hundred postal orders for 2s each - £10 in all - have been sent to the boys whose names appear on the roll. Other names have been added to the list by Miss Muriel Baker, and the total now stands at 117. From the letters of thanks we make the following extracts:

Walter C Freeman, T.R.B: writes that he is moving to the East Coast.

Rushden Echo, September 6th, 1918, transcribed by Greville Watson

Rushden’s Casualty List - Victims of the War

Pte. W. Freeman, 50690, 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers, who was formerly employed by Messrs. Ingle and Sons, leather merchants, Rushden, has died as a prisoner of war at Parchim, Germany.  This (Friday) morning his mother, who lives at 121, High-street-south, Rushden, received from him a letter dated July 5th, and written in a very cheerful strain.  By the same post she received a letter from a German officer, via Switzerland, stating that her son had died and was buried on July 14th.  Deceased, therefore, died not many days after writing home.
The Rushden Echo Friday 20 September 1918, transcribed by Nicky Bates

THE mother of Pte Walter Freeman wishes to thank all kind friends who sent letters and messages of sympathy to her in the loss of her dear son.

The Rushden Echo Friday 11 July 1919, transcribed by Nicky Bates

In Memoriam

FREEMAN - In ever loving memory of our dear one, Pte Walter Freeman, who passed away July 14th, 1918, while in captivity.

The peaceful hours we once enjoyed,
How sweet their memory still,
But they have left an aching void
The world can never fill.

From his loving Mother, Granny, and Aunt Lollie at 121, High-street-south, Rushden.

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