ALLAN ARTHUR FREANE

Born: 1924, Ipswich.

Died: 28th March 1945; age: 20; KiA.

Residence: Ipswich.

 

Rank: Lieutenant; Service Number: 307878.

Regiment: Parachute Regiment, 8th Battalion. Army Air Corps.

 

Grave Reference:

33.D.4.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery,

Kleve,

Nordrheim-Westfalen,

Germany.

 

Father: Harry Charles Freane, born May 1898, Chatham, Kent.

Mother: Ivy Florence Freane (nee Quinton), born January 1905, Ipswich.

 

Allan attend Ipswich School.

 

Allan is also remembered on the Ipswich School Chapel war memorial.

Parachute Regiment, 8th Battalion. Army Air Corps

At 12:00 on the 28th March, the 8th Battalion, with the 6th Airborne Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment scouting ahead of them, led the Brigade’s advance on Lembeck. Resistance was met and brushed aside to the west of Erle and later beyond Rhade. Lembeck was found to be well defended, and so whilst the 9th Parachute Battalion worked its way around the town to secure its left flank, the 8th Battalion attacked it from the front. They were soon pinned down by 20mm guns, but began to advance along the right flank once the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion had come forward to hold their position. Resistance in the town proved to be fierce, and at one stage one of the Battalion’s companies became cut-off as it battled two companies of a Panzer Grenadier training battalion. This company was later able to link up with the Canadians, and by the end of the day the 8th Battalion had accounted for almost all of their opponents and secured a firm foothold in the town.

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