Other names: George Richard
Locations in this story: Barton Hill, Shaftesbury, DorsetFrance & FlandersWarsop, NottinghamshireMansfield, Nottinghamshire
Story: George Richard Freer was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 21st October 1894 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 11th April 1895, the son of John James Freer and Lucy Freer (née Brooks). He lived his early life at 4 Barton Hill, Shaftesbury, apart from time in the Military. He enlisted with the Army Service Corps as a Private (Service No. M2/101129). He served in France & Flanders from 31 Aug 1915 where he was awarded the Military Medal. He was eventually discharged on 3rd August 1919 and further awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star. He married May Ellen Mason at Warsop, Nottinghamshire, on 12th October 1918 and they went on to have five children. The 1921 census shows him living with his parents-in-law at 34 Victoria Street, Warsop, Nottinghamshire, working as a Motor Mechanic for the Warsop Motor Co. Ltd. By the time of the 1939 Register he had moved to 62 Victoria Street, Warsop, still working as a Motor Mechanic. He died at the Victoria Hospital, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, on 20th August 1974.