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Freame, Francis James (13979)

Place of Birth: Port Melbourne, VIC

Age: 25 years 11 months

Enlistment Details: Friday, 29 September 1916 – Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: 13979            view online service record

101 Spring Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Next of Kin:
Mary Clapham (mother)
Rowena Parade
Ivanhoe, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Wednesday, 17 January 1917
Ship: RMS Omrah
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 3rd Divisional Supply Column Mechanical Transport – 8th Reinforcements

KIA: Monday, 29 October 1917
Place: Belgium

Driver-Mechanic, K Supply Column, killed in action 29 October, 1917, Belgium, aged 27, commemorated Ramparte Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium.

Parents: Francis John (late) and Amy Elizabeth CLAPHAM (previously FREAME), born Port Melbourne educated Nott Street SS. He was a 25 year-old butcher when he enlisted with his own address as 101 Spring Street, Port Melbourne, but his next of kin as his re-married mother Amy CLAPHAM in Ivanhoe. Only son. A report in the Port Melbourne Standard, 24 November, 1917 suggested his late father had been a butcher in Graham Street for many years – directories show him with other shops in Bay and Princes Streets, Port Melbourne, Clarendon and Park Streets in South Melbourne and Flinders Street in the city. No circular returned.

Additional research by Brian Membrey


1917 ‘KILLED IN ACTION.’, Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), 24 November, p. 2. , viewed 13 Oct 2017,


  • Brian Membrey
    Posted January 10, 2017 9.34 am 0Likes

    FREAME. —Killed in action, Driver-Mechanic Francis James Freame (Frank), dearly beloved only son of Amy and late F. J. Freame, jun, of Port Melbourne; stepson of S. Clapham, Ivanhoe; beloved brother of Myrtle (Mrs. J. Bartlett), Rita, and Nellie; brother-in-law, J. Bartlett.

    FREAME. —Driver Frank James, killed in France, October 29, 1917, beloved fiancée of Floss Oyston, “Chatham,” St. Kilda. (The Argus, Saturday 24 November 1917)

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