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D/SMX 268   Blacksmith William Hugh Freeman
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 10/08/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: HMS Leonian, Royal Navy (British Navy)
Died: 07/02/1944 (Died on Active Sevice)
Age: 23
William Hugh Freeman was the son of William Hugh and Mary Freeman. He was born about 1921. The family lived at Church Street, Cookstown, He became a blacksmith like his father. He joined the Royal Navy in the summer of 1938. He was a member of the crew of HMS Exeter which engaged the Graf Spee. Blacksmith William (Billy) Freeman was in service on board HMS Leonian when he died on 7th February 1944, aged 23. The details of his death are unknown.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Malta Cupuccini Naval Cemetery
  Kalkara, Rinella, 
Grave Ref: Plot F Grave 111
CWGC Casualty 1704003
The Cemetery is about 2 kilometres south-east of Rinella, a bay and hamlet opposite Valletta across the mouth of the Grand Harbour and on the southern outskirts of the village of Kalkara. Just before entering Kalkara on the main bus route, the Cemetery is signposted along the road "Triq Santa Liberta" to the street of Triq Santu Rokku" where the Cemetery is located.
Local Memorial Details

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1 Cookstown Cenotaph WWII - North Panel Cookstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW2 356
References and Links
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1 Photo of William H Freeman's grave
2 Historial RFA Details of ship and William Freeman
3 Photo of William H Freeman's grave
4 National Archives UK Ship Name: Leonian 164286
5 Naval History - February 1944 FREEMAN, William H, Blacksmith 4c, D/SMX 268, died
6 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of William H Freeman's grave can be purchased here
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