Private William Henry Freeman was a 28 year old labourer. He lived with his wife Mrs Elizabeth Freeman, formerly Ms Elizabeth Ewart, in Factory Street, Clyde, New South Wales. They had a daughter called Daphne Grace Freeman. He enlisted on 26 May 1915 and was assigned to the 20 Battalion, 1 to 13 Reinforcements. He embarked with his unit aboard the HMAT Kanowna A61 from Sydney on 19 June 1915. He was taken on strength on 31 August 1915. He was diagnosed as suffering from a nervous strain on 10 December 1915. He was sent overseas to the base at Giza on 5 January 1916. He was taken on strength and joined his unit in on 19 January 1916. He embarked from Alexandria aboard the H.M.T. Ingoma on 18 March 1916 and arrived at Marseilles on 25 March 1916. He was killed in action in France on 5 May 1916. He was buried at Brewery Orchard Cemetery, Bois-Grenier, Lille, Nord Pas de Calais, France. His name is displayed in the Commemorative Area of the Australian War Memorial.
Kimberley Russell, Volunteer Research Assistant, City of Parramatta, Parramatta Heritage Centre, 2017