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George Biddall Freeman

Male 1873 - 1956  (83 years)


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  • Name George Biddall Freeman 
    Relationshipwith George William Craxford
    Born 1873  Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • No birth certificate has been found in England and Wales or Scotland. When it was proved his parents were not George Freeman and Selina Smith, the assumption was made that they were Sauel Freeman and Augusta Smith
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1890  Industrial School, Desford, Leicestershire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1890 
    Apprentice tailor 
    Residence 1891  (180), Sands Caravans, Claypath, Durham, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence 1896  13, Crafton Street, Leicester, Leicestershire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1896 
    Musician 
    Residence 1897  Billesdon, Leicestershire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1900  29, Merridale Road, Leicester, Leicestershire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Military Service 1890-1901 
    Private 3678: 3rd (Militia) Battalion; Leicestershire Regiment 
    • His Attestation was signed on February 22nd 1890
    Residence 1901  9, Upper Charles Street, Leicester, Leicestershire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1901 
    Farm labourer 
    Occupation 1901 
    Private: 17th Regiment (Leicestershire) 
    Military Service 1915  Woolwich, London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Private R4/091443: Royal Army Service Corps 
    Military Award 1916 
    Silver War Badge 
    Died 25 Jan 1956  Blackpool, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cause: Atherosclerosis; dementia 
    Person ID I19607  Extended Craxford Family
    Last Modified 31 Jan 2016 

    Father Samuel Freeman,   b. 1843, King Alley, Mile End Road, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Feb 1878, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years) 
    Mother Augusta Smith,   b. 1842, Margate, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jan 1913, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 1861  Maldon, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F11238  Group Sheet,  Family chart

    Family 1 Matilda Pollard,   b. 1872, Gretton, Northamptonshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1931, Towers Hospital, Gypsy Lane, Leicester, Leicestershire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Married 2 Sep 1896  Register Office, Leicester, Leicestershire Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
     1. Louisa Ellen Biddall,   b. 17 Jul 1897, Leicester, Leicestershire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 1897, Billesdon, Leicestershire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     2. Wilfred Biddall,   b. 1 Feb 1898, Corby, Northamptonshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Sep 1918, Pas de Calais, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 20 years)
     3. Ivy Biddall,   b. 17 Nov 1900, Leicester, Leicestershire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1901, Leicester, Leicestershire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    BMD Certificates
    MC: Pollard, Matilda (1896) and George Biddall
    MC: Pollard, Matilda (1896) and George Biddall
    Little is known of George Biddall except that he was in the Leicestershire Regiment and had spent some time at the Industrial School, Desford
    Last Modified 6 Jan 2016 
    Family ID F11215  Group Sheet,  Family chart

    Family 2 Ruth Ethel Pearson,   b. 28 Jul 1880, Darlington, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1970  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 21 May 1907  Darlington, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
     1. Myra Freeman,   b. 24 Feb 1909, Darlington, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2006  (Age 96 years)
    BMD Certificates
    MC: Freeman, George Sinclair (Biddall) (1907) and Ruth Ethel Pearson
    MC: Freeman, George Sinclair (Biddall) (1907) and Ruth Ethel Pearson
    This was George's second marriage
    Last Modified 31 Jan 2016 
    Family ID F11241  Group Sheet,  Family chart

  • Photos
    Militia Attestation papers
    Militia Attestation papers
    George Biddall joined the Leicestershire Regiment as a teenager. Prior to that he had been admitted to the Industrial School, Desford.
    Admission and Discharge records for Industrial School, Desford
    Admission and Discharge records for Industrial School, Desford
    Charts George's apprehension when found wandering, his remand to the Industrial School and his ultimate discharge
    School letters
    School letters
    Correspondence received from and about George Biddall by the Industrial School Desford following his discharge for Army service.
    Note particularly the entry dated March 20th 1891 where he siad he was at the Post Office on the New Quay, North Shields. He could have reached his mother in Durham by crossing the Tyne by ferry in time for the census report.
    The last entry is from the Curragh Camp, County Kildare, Ireland

  • Sources 
    1. [S19] 1901 England Census, Durham RG12/4105 18 29 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S4] England and Wales, Civil Registration Index: 1837-1983, Maldon 4a 247 (JAS 1861) (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S4] England and Wales, Civil Registration Index: 1837-1983, Leicester 7a 517 (JAS 1896) (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S4] England and Wales, Civil Registration Index: 1837-1983, Darlington 10a 41 (AMJ 1907) (Reliability: 3).


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