SKELTON - IN - CLEVELAND
"WE WILL REMEMBER THEM"
Lance Corporal WRIGHT FREEMAN.
8234 6th Bn, Yorkshire Regiment.
who died, aged 42, on the 10th August
Husband of Elizabeth Freeman, of 33
Thomas St, New Skelton, N Yorks.
Helles Memorial, Gallipoli.
Wright Freeman's name appears on the Skelton War Memorial, the
Church plaque and Stanghow Lane School Memorial.
The 6th Bn, Yorkshire Regiment were formed at Richmond on the 25th
They were attached to 32nd Brigade, part of the 11th (Northern)
It was formed of volunteers, under the care of the War Office.
Initially without equipment or arms of any kind, the recruits were
judged to be ready by late Spring 1915,
and it was ordered to reinforce the beleagured garrison on Gallipoli.
1 July 1915 : sailed from Liverpool, landing Alexandria, and on to
Mudros, completing concentration by 28 July 1915.
The fighting and conditions, winter and summer, were horrendous.
The troops were evacuated in January 1916 with 265,000 allied dead.
Wright Freeman was one of these and seems to have been killed very
early in the futile expedition.
The Helles Memorial is one of five Memorials to the Missing for
Commonwealth troops who lost their lives in the
eight month-long Gallipoli campaign and who have no known grave.
There are 20,837 names listed on the memorial:
The soldiers of United Kingdom and Indian forces named here died in
operations throughout the peninsula or were lost or buried at sea.
The Helles Memorial stands on the tip of the Gallipoli Peninsula and
takes the form of an obelisk over 30 metres high that can be seen by
ships passing through the Dardanelles.
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