An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.
Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922
The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:
- FREEDMAN, MYER, MM. Private. No 13105. 10th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Huddersfield 13.10.1892. Son of Mr and Mrs Freedman, 132 Fitzwilliam Street, Huddersfield. Educated at Huddersfield College. He was the only Jewish man born in Huddersfield who was of military age. Before enlistment assisted his father in the tailoring business. He then helped his father in the management of the Olympian Cinema at Longroyd Bridge. He then left Huddersfield to manage a cinema in Yeadon, Leeds, but gave it up when he enlisted in September, 1914. Single. Was awarded the Military Medal on 17.9.1916 for 'attending to a trench mortar battery No 69/2 single-handed for four days under trying circumstances with great skill between 16.5.1916 and 21.5.1916. He was killed in action near Contalmaison on 19.9.1916, aged 23 years. Buried GORDON DUMP CEMETERY. Grave location:- Plot 4, Row A, Grave 7.
- His parents received the following letter from Captain G F Sulman, 'I am sorry to say that I have some bad news about your son Private M. Freedman. We were suddenly shelled and I regret to say that among other casualties your son was killed. I enclose herewith a letter which I found in his paybook addressed to you. I am also sending you his Military Medal ribbon which was presented to him the day before for good work in this battery some months ago. I am sure you will prize the decoration he won.'
Commonwealth War Graves Commission