Frederick Charles Freeman

Frederick Charles FreemanMale View treeBorn: 1896-Sept-20Died: 1961-July-04
Father: Elijah FreemanMother: Florence Clara (Halsey) Freeman
Children: Roy Frederick Freeman
Siblings: none

Birth: Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire, England**
Birth Certificate:
Dated 1896-Sept-20

Enlisted aged 18 on Wednesday April 21, 1915
Discharged aged 22 on Friday October 31, 1919

WW1 Millitary Medals:

The British War MedalThe British War Medal, 1914-18 (Silver)

Established on 26th July 1919.

The silver or bronze medal was awarded to officers and men of the British and Imperial Forces who either entered a theatre of war or entered service overseas between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918 inclusive. This was later extended to services in Russia, Siberia and some other areas in 1919 and 1920.

Approximately 6.5 million British War Medals were issued. Approximately 6.4 million of these were the silver versions of this medal. Around 110,000 of a bronze version were issued mainly to Chinese, Maltese and Indian Labour Corps. The front (obv or obverse) of the medal depicts the head of George V.

The recipient’s service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

The Allied Victory MedalThe Allied Victory Medal

It was decided that each of the allies should each issue their own bronze victory medal with a similar design, similar equivalent wording and identical ribbon.

The British medal was designed by W. McMillan. The front depicts a winged classical figure representing victory.

Approximately 5.7 million victory medals were issued. Interestingly, eligibility for this medal was more restrictive and not everyone who received the British War Medal also received the Victory Medal.

The recipient’s service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

The Silver War BadgeThe Silver War Badge

The Silver War Badge was issued on 12th September 1916.

The badge was originally issued to officers and men who were discharged or retired from the military forces as a result of sickness or injury caused by their war service. After April 1918 the eligibility was amended to include civilians serving with the Royal Army Medical Corps, female nurses, staff and aid workers.

Around the rim of the badge was inscribed “For King and Empire; Services Rendered”. It became known for this reason also as the “Services Rendered Badge”. Each badge was also engraved with a unique number on the reverse, although this number is not related to the recipient’s Service Number.

The recipient would also receive a certificate with the  badge. The badge was made of Sterling silver and was intended to be worn on the right breast of a recipient’s civilian clothing. It could not be worn on a military uniform.

There were about 1,150,000 Silver War Badges issued in total for First World War service.

Hertfordshire Regiment Sweetheart Brooch


Brass and enamel, real mother of pearl backing with brooch pin.

Particularly popular around the era of the Great War (1914-1918), sweetheart brooches were often given to wives or girlfriends (hence ‘sweetheart’) by servicemen as mementos and reminders of their absent loves. They would be worn by the lady as a token of fealty and regard, and also to show their pride in having a husband or sweetheart who was serving his country.

WW1 Military Discharge Certificate:
Dated 1919-Oct-31

WW1 Military Notification of Final Award:
Dated 1924-May-22

Address on Final Award Certificate:
(Picture taken April 2012)
45 Adley Street, Hackney, London, England

WW1 Military Pension Certificate:
Dated 1924-May-24

Marriage Certificate:
Marriage: 1922-July-08 Hackney, Middlesex, England

Address on Marriage Certificate:
11 Adley Street, Hackney, London, England
(Picture taken April 2012)


Death Certificate:
Dated 1961-July-04 Portsmouth, England

Address on Death Certificate:
(Picture taken June 2012)
102 Kenwyn Drive, Cricklewood. London, England.


**Abbots Langley is mentioned (under the name of Langelai) in the Domesday Book.
Domesday is Britian’s most famous and earliest surviving public record completed in 1086. It is a highly detailed survey and valuation of all the land held by the King and his chief tenants, along with all the resources that went with the land in late 11th century England. The survey was a massive enterprise.

A Freeman was designated as a man who was free and might hold land but who owed some services to his lord.

A page from the Domesday Book of 1086:

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