Rank:


Private

Service No(s):


1432

Regiment:


London Regiment

Unit:

14th (County of London) Battalion (London Scottish)

Returned:

Yes

Place of birth:

Stroud Green

Occupation:

Clerk with AO Aldwinckle, silk warehouse; later director and secretary of private company importing and exporting silk

Date of death:

28/01/1981  Thornage, Norfolk

Cause of death:

Grave or panel reference:

Name of father:

Frank Freegard

Name of siblings:

Marian Gibson, James, Charles Gordon, Dorothy Mary, John Gibson

Name(s) of children:

Dorothy, Peter, Malcolm Leslie, Ian Gibson

Died:

No

Date of birth:

13/09/1892

Place of enlistment:

London Scottish Regiment Headquarters, London

Event:

Home

Age at death:

89

Cemetery or memorial:

Other memorial:

Name of mother:

Marian Amy Freegard (née Gibson)

Name of spouse:

Elsie Maud Mary Grant

Address:

64 Wray Crescent, Stroud Green

Biography:

Frank Leslie Freegard was born on 13 September 1892 in Hornsey, the fourth of six children of Frank Freegard and his wife Marian Amy Freegard (née Gibson). Marian was the eldest, followed by James and Charles, with Dorothy and John arriving after Frank. The family lived at 64 Wray Crescent, in the parish of St Mark’s Church on Tollington Park. 

Frank’s father and Charles worked for the silk merchant AO Aldwinckle, his father eventually rising to the position of accountant. Frank became a boy clerk in the postal service in 1908 but was employed as a clerk at Aldwinckle’s by 1911, the year he enlisted as a Private with the 14th (County of London) Battalion, London Regiment (London Scottish). He did not serve abroad and, no longer deemed fit for active service, he was discharged in 1916 because of sickness and awarded the Silver War Badge.

That year he also married Elsie Maud Mary Grant in Stroud Green, and the couple had four children, one daughter and three sons. Dorothy was born in 1917; Peter, who did not survive, in 1921; Malcolm Leslie in 1922; and Ian Gibson in 1927. The two youngest Freegard children lived until this century, Malcolm until 2004, while records show Ian was living in Walsingham, Norfolk, from 2003 to 2008. 

During Frank’s lifetime the family moved to Princes Avenue in Muswell Hill, Greenwood Gardens in Palmers Green and, in 1925, to Orpington Road in Winchmore Hill. By this time Frank was director and secretary of a private company importing and exporting silk. In the 1950s they were living in Broadfields Avenue, still in Winchmore Hill. Frank died in 1981 at the age of 89, in Thornage, Norfolk.