Private Jim Freeman

Born in London, England, Jim Freeman emmigrated to Canada with his family in 1907, settling in Tweed, Ontario. Before the war Jim worked as a fireman for the railway. He joined the C.E.F. in Peterborough, Ontario on January 2, 1916.

First assigned to the 235th Battalion, Jim was transferred to the 4th Canadian Machine gun corps while in France. He survived the fighting well, until the battle of Amiens.

Jim was wounded on August 8th, 1918 while fighting in the battle of Amiens. He was shot in the wrist while manning his Vickers machine gun. His younger brother Private Henry (Harry) Freeman was wounded on the same day. After stints in military hospitals in Abbeville and Cayeux, Jim rejoined his unit on September 10th,1918.

After the war Jim spent time in Belgium, before sailing home on the H.M.T Olympic. He arrived in Halifax on June 12, 1919 and was demobalized in Kingston on June 16th, 1919.

Settling in Kingston with his wife and daughter, Jim became a prison guard at the Kingston Pennitentiary. He seldom spoke about the war -- Jim Freeman died in 1974.

This account was contributed by Jim Freeman's great nephew Lance Hogle.

 
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