ALLAN ARTHUR FREANE

Newspaper picture taken from the Evening Star 11th April 1945.

 

Born: 1924, Ipswich.

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

Residence: 13, Bedford Raod, Ipswich.

 

Allan served with the Home Guard previous to joining the Rifle Brigade, from which he was commissioned to the Suffolk Regiment.

 

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. Served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.

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

 

Allan’s paternal grandfather, Henry Charles Freane, was a Captain for the Royal Engineers.

 

Allan was educated at Ipswich School, where he was a member of their O.T.C.

 

ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939

Allan was living with his mother & brother at their family home – 13, Bedford Street, Ipswich.

Ivy, unpaid Domestic Duties.

Harry C. Freane, born 1928, Ipswich.

1 visitor – Breda Moir Matthews, born 1921, Willesden, Middlesex.

 

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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One comment on “ALLAN ARTHUR FREANE
  1. Claire Johnson says:

    Allan Freane was my late father Harry’s brother. Both attended Ipswich School. Allan was deeply missed by his parents and brother.
    It is good to know that he is remembered on Ipswich War Memorials, at Kleve War Cemetery (where I have visited his grave), and on this website.

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