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Edwin Freeth [fh.4.6.1.6.6.4]

Edwin Freeth was the fourth child of James Freeth & Alice McGarvey born February 21st, 1879 at Smethwick, Staffs.

By 1881 the family were living at 62 Brook St, Smethwick & Edwin now had 2 older sisters & an older brother.

Edwin was still at home in 1891 at the same address & his father was now a glue maker.  Edwin was a scholar & he had 4 sisters & a brother at home.

In 1901 Edwin was still living at the family home, now at 1 Pool Rd, Smethwick & he was working as a labourer at the brass foundry. 

By 1911 Edwin was boarding with his sister Julia & her husband Thomas Barrowman Love & their young family at 47 Harding St, Smethwick.  Edwin was described as a general labourer.

Edwin enlisted on August 29th, 1914. It was noted on his records that he was a Roman Catholic.  He served as a rifleman with the Kings Rifle Regiment during WW1 & was posted to France.  He was awarded the 1914/15 Star, the British War Medal & the Victory Medal & was demobilised in 1919.

Edwin married Ida Beatrice Clifton  on October 18th, 1919 at St Philip’s, Smethwick.  Ida was born October 9th, 1886 at Birmingham, the daughter of Anne & George Clifton, a stationary engine driver.

The 1939 register shows Edwin & Ida living at 49 Addenbrooke Rd, Smethwick & Edwin was a labourer for the Public Works Department. Their daughter Alice was with them.

Daughter Eileen married Ernest R Olsen in July-September 1945 in Smethwick. Eileen & Ernest emigrated to the USA & there is a record of Eileen returning from New York alone to England in February 1948 & her proposed address in the UK was 49 Addenbrooke Rd.

Daughter Alice married Herbert L T Evans in 1947 in Smethwick.  Daughter Ida married Eddie Phillips in 1954 in Smethwick. 

Edwin died in Jan-March 1951, aged 71, his death being registered at Smethwick.

Ida died in Jan-March 1972 at Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales.

The children of Edwin Freeth & Ida Beatrice Clifton were:

fh.4.6.1.6.6.4.1  Norman Edwin James Freeth born February 26th, 1920 at 36 Harding St, Smethwick; died Jan-March 1935 in Birmingham
fh.4.6.1.6.6.4.2  Ida Beatrice Freeth born May 10th, 1921 at Smethwick; died April 2006 in Birmingham
fh.4.6.1.6.6.4.3  Eileen M Freeth born Oct-December 1922 at Smethwick

fh.4.6.1.6.6.4.4 Alice W Freeth born May 27th, 1925 at Smethwick

 

 

 

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