Remembrance - The Yorkshire Regiment, First World War
2nd Lieutenant Cecil James FREESTON
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2nd Lieutenant Cecil James FREESTON.
7th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Son of E. J. Freeston, of 82, Conduit St., Leicester; husband of the late E. B. Freeston (nee Bunn), of Cook's Lane, Wigston, Leicester. Killed 18 September 1917. Aged 28.
Buried SUNKEN ROAD CEMETERY, FAMPOUX.
(Photo provided by Joyce Gamble, a descendant relative of Cecil Freeston on his wife's side.)
From the 7th Battalion's War Diary for 18 September 1917, we read the following;-
"H.Q. CHILI AVENUE.
Quiet Day. At 8.30 p.m. two hostile trench mortar shells fell in the sap leading to bombing post on the left & killed 2/Lt Freeston and Sgt Marsden DCM MM....... Patrols went out as usual at night......"
2nd Lieuenant Freeston had first served as Corporal Freeston, 3/25436, in the Leicestershire Regiment before being commissioned from the ranks.
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