War Memorials in Sowerby, North Yorkshire

Frederick George Freeman

9th July 1878 - 25th March 1915 (age 36)

Royal Field Artillery

George Freeman was a first class cricketer playing for Yorkshire and England during the period 1866-72. His talent as a fast bowler brought terror to even the best batsmen. In 1871 at the age of 27, he had started a business as a cattle auctioneer and this restricted his appearances on the cricket field. He lived with his wife Mary at Sowerby Grange and they had at least 9 children although it appears that many died in infancy while only two sons, Frederick and Percival reached adulthood. George died in 1895 at the age of 52 and his nephew J. Herbert Freeman carried on the business.

George Freeman

George and Mary’s eldest son Frederick became a police constable employed by Durham Constabulary. He returned to St. Oswald’s Church, Sowerby in June 1905 to marry Matilda the daughter of Samuel Sowden innkeeper of the Crown & Anchor. In 1906 Frederick and Matilda were living in Jarrow when their daughter Margaret Mary was born, but Sowerby was shown as the place of birth for two further children, Walter Bryant and Francis in 1908 and 1910.

Frederick served five years in the Royal Household and Royal Field Artillery and was in the Special Reserve in 1914.

The following is taken from the Yorkshire Gazette of 8th May 1915:

Funeral of Mrs. George Freeman (Mary aged 78).
Mrs Freeman had suffered blindness during the late years of her life and had recently made her home with her son, Mr Percy Freeman at Dalton Moor, where she expired on the 28th ult. Only a short time ago her eldest son returned home to England invalided from the front, and died in hospital in Liverpool from consumption. This, no doubt would have come as a shock to his widowed mother and probably tend to hasten her end.

Frederick had died on 25th March 1915 never to see his fourth child, Violet Freeman who was born 11 days later on 6th April 1915.

The information on this page was compiled by Steve Billings.

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