George Edward Freelove

Sep 23, 1877

Born in England to Arthur and Tucker Freelove


Nov 2, 1914

Shown on the payroll of the 46th Durham Regiment


Nov 14, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 59343 (temporary number 1004)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Minnie Freelove, wife, Millbrook, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø  Posted to the Headquarters Company

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


Feb 16, 1915

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal and posted to the Transport Section


Mar 11, 1915

Reverted to the rank of Private and sentenced to 10 days detention for an unrecorded offence


Mar 20, 1915

3 days of the detention sentence were remitted


Mar 31, 1915

Private Freelove and the Transport Section, along with horses and wagons, proceeded to England as an advance party to arrange for the arrival of the full battalion.

The battalion arrived in Devonport, England May 15, 1915 and reunited with the Transport Section in the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent where the battalion continued training


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Nov 14, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Dec 14, 1916

Attached to the 4th Canadian Draft Battalion for duty


Jan 10, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Jan 26, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Dec 15, 1917

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 6, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Jul 5, 1918

Upon being medically classified B2, meaning he was unfit for combat duty, Private Freelove was transferred to the Canadian Labour Pool


Jul 22, 1918

Transferred to the 8th Canadian Area Employment Company in Estrée Cauchy, France


Dec 1, 1918

Transferred to the General Depot in Witley, England


Dec 19, 1918

Sentenced to 28 days Field Punishment No. 2 for being absent from December 11, to December 18


Jan 5, 1919

Attached to #3 Wing, Kinmel Park, Rhyl pending return to Canada


Mar 15, 1919

Embarked the SS Royal George in Liverpool



Mar 25, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario


Mar 27, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 91177

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Millbrook, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Millbrook, Ontario


Apr 18, 1957

George Edward Freelove died in Millbrook, Ontario and was buried in the Millbrook Cemetery



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