Private Ernest Freeman was a 21 year old coach trimmer from Parramatta. He lived with his parents, Harry N. Freeman and Kate Ada Freeman, and his siblings in Albert Street, Parramatta. He was the brother of Private Herbert Freeman, Private Percy Freeman, Trooper William Freeman, and sister Mrs W. Weedon. His brothers Herbert and Percy were both killed in the war, whilst William survived. He had another brother who enlisted, but was declined on the grounds of being medically unfit.

He enlisted on 4 March 1916, and embarked with his unit on 14 April 1916 from Sydney aboard the HMAT Ceramic A40. He was taken on strength in England on 13 September 1916 and proceeded to France on 21 November 1916. He was sent to hospital with nephritis on 14 October 1917, and transferred to England on 22 October 1917.

He returned to Australia from England aboard the HMAT Wandilla for discharge due to medical unfitness on 16 March 1918.

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Neera Sahni, Research Services Leader, City of Parramatta, Parramatta Heritage Centre, 2018