Home » Uncategorized » Freeling author to release third book

Freeling author to release third book

Freeling author to release third book

Chris Collins from Freeling is about to launch his third book on World War I soldiers from South Australian towns on March 20 (10a.m.), the anniversary of Australian Troops landing in France.

The book launch of “From Freeling to Fromelles” will take place alongside the Freeling Cenotaph which has recently been refurbished through a grant from the South Australian Department of Premier and Cabinet and is featured on the cover of the book.

“From Freeling to Fromelles” is about the service personnel from the district, including Freeling, Greenock, Roseworthy, Shea Oak Log, Linwood, Templers and Seppeltsfield, the majority of which served with the South Australian battalions (the 10th, 27th, 43rd, 48th, 50th, and the 32nd – a composite Western Australian and South Australian battalion).

Eighty-six soldiers from Freeling and the surrounding district have been researched with 15 killed in action and 27 wounded, with four being wounded twice or more.

Some families committed several of their sons to fight for the 1st A.I.F. – one family sent five sons and four sent two sons.

Some of the soldiers from the district who fought at Fromelles included J. Bald, G. Carter, G. Gaertner, C. O’Brien, L. Payne, B. Waldhuter, J. Douglas, C. Cole, J. Matz, F. Prior, G. Rogers and C. Rosenthal.

Several soldiers were awarded the Military Medal, Military Cross or were mentioned in dispatches.

For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.