55 FREEBAIRN, Walter

55 Spr Walter Freebairn Courtesy AWM
55 Spr Walter Freebairn Courtesy AWM

55 Spr Walter Freebairn

55 Walter Freebairn or “Boller” as he was known back home, was 22 years old, preparing to be a tailor and working as a cutter with B.Philips Co. in Sydney. Walter was born in Darlinghurst , New South Wales, one of ten son’s to his parents William and Isabella. His mother passing in 1904 , and his father a well known publican of the times died in 1912.

He was a keen footballer and was a member of the St. Davids Club when it won the NSW church rugby union B grade competition in 1909. Walter was also a member of the Randwick & Coogee Ladies and Gentleman’s League Swimming club.
His fiancée Essie Adams, was aged 19. She was the owner of the portrait above.

He was  Killed in action 25th April 1915  Gallipoli…… ( not sure of the circumstances)

When news had arrived home that Walter had been killed in the Dardanelles, the large number of notices in the Roll of Honour that were published in the papers from friends and family clearly showed what a popular young man Walter was.

His old companions of the Zoo from Maroubra, his old mates of Quo Vadis and his old comrades of Indiana Maroubra, and the Kinkora boys all passed on their fond memories of ” Boller “.
On Anzac Day 2 years later in 1917 his memory had not faded, his family and his good friends Corporal Norman Masters and Essie Adams inserted “In memoriam” notices in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Walter’s fiancée  Essie was deeply heartbroken and on Anzac day 1924  almost ten years after Walters’s death  she had inserted another “In Memoriam” for Walter  in the Sydney Morning Herald.  Essie did not marry until 13 years after Walter left Australian shores , she was 32.

Essie Adams SMH In Memoriam - Anzac Day 1924
Essie Adams SMH In Memoriam – Anzac Day 1924

Anzac memorial Cross

55 Walter Freebairn   had two brothers enlist. 8397 Pte Archibald FREEBAIRN, 5th Depot Unit of Supply, returned to Australia, 1 July 1919  and 2614 Pte. Thomas Harry Freebairn 1st Pioneer Battalion.

ROLL OF HONOUR.  

The Sydney Morning Herald – Friday 4 June 1915

FREEBAIRN.—Killed in action at the Dardanelles,

Walter (” Boller” ), 1st Company Australian Field Engineers (late of Surry Hills). Inserted by the Kinkora boys.

FREEBAIRN.—Killed in action in the Dardanelles

Walter (” Boller” ) Freebairn, 1st Company, Australian Field Engineers, late of Surry Hills. Inserted by his old comrades of Indiana, Maroubra.

FREEBAIRN.—Killed in action in the Dardanelles

Walter (“Boller” ) Freebairn, 1st Company Australian Field Engineers (late of Surry Hills). Inserted by his old companions of The Zoo, Maroubra.

FREEBAIRN.—Killed in action in the Dardanelles

Walter (“Boller”), Freebairn, 1st Company Australian Engineers (late of Surry Hills). Inserted by his old mates of Quo Vadis, Maroubra.

FREEBAIRN.—In loving memory of our dearly loved friend, Walter (“‘ Boller” ), killed in action in the Dardanelles, aged 23 years. Inserted by his sorrowing friends, Mrs. Tijou and family, Harold, William, and Edith, who deeply regret his death.

FREEBAIRN.—In loving memory of our dear friend and comrade, Walter Freebairn (“Boller”), killed in

action at the Dardanelles R.I.P. Inserted by his sorrowing friends Jack Scully, Pat, Thynne, R. MacNamara, and Wally Smith.

Source: NLA

ROLL OF HONOUR.  

The Sydney Morning Herald – Friday 5 June 1915

FREEBAIRN.—In honour of one who fell, Sapper Walter Freebairn, aged 23 years, lst Company Australian Field Engineers, who was killed in action fighting at the Dardanelles. Inserted by H. Hartman, G. Hartman, and A. Brennan, of Surry Hills, who regret the loss of an old chum.

FREEBAIRN.—In loving memory of our dear friend Walter (“Boller”) Freebairn, who was killed in action at the Dardanelles, aged 23 years. Inserted by his loving friends. Mr. and Mrs. Adams, and family, Percy, Roy, and Essie. Missed by those who loved him best.

FREEBAIRN.—In loving memory of our dear friend and comrade, Walter (“Boller”) Freebairn, who gave his life for his country at the Dardanelles. Sadly missed by his sorrowing friends, Will Barton and Harry Benjamin.

FREEBAIRN.—Killed in action at the Dardanelles, Walter (“Boller”) Freebairn, 1st Company Australian Field Engineers, late of Surry Hills.

Inserted by his fellow-workers of B. Phillips’, 150 Pitt-street.

FREEBAIRN.—Killed in action in the Dardanelles,   Walter (“Boller”), 1st Company, Australian Field Engineers, late of Surry Hills. Inserted by his girl friends, C. Anderson, I. Hill, and A. Ashton.

FREEBAIRN.—In loving memory of our dear friend,

Walter Freebairn, late of Surry Hills, killed in action at the Dardanelles. Inserted by his sorrowing friends, Mr. and Mrs. D. McDougall and family,

Carrington Hotel.

FREEBAIRN.—In loving memory of our dear friend, Walter (“Boller”), who was killed in action in the Dardanelles. Inserted by his friends, Florrie and Ruby Butt.

FREEBAIRN.—In loving memory of my dear friend,

Walter (“Boller”), who was killed in action in the Dardanelles. Inserted by his pal, Harry Samuel.

FREEBAIRN.—In loving memory of my dear friend,

Walter Freebairn (“Boller”), killed in action at the Dardanelles. Inserted by his sorrowing friend, W. Corbett. R.I.P.

FREEBAIRN.—In loving memory of our dear friend,

Walter Freebairn (“Boller”), killed in action at the Dardanelles. Inserted by his sincere friends, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Alexander and Miss McCracken.

FREEBAIRN.—In loving memory of our dearly beloved

friend, Walter (“Boller”), killed in action in the Dardanelles. Inserted by his sorrowing friends, Mrs. Conway and sons, Bert, Bob, and Tom. R.I.P.

Source: NLA

ROLL OF HONOUR.  

The Sydney Morning Herald – Sunday 7 June 1915

FREEBAIRN. -Killed in action at the Dardanelles, Walter “Boller” Freebairn. He gave his life for his country.

Inserted by the members of the Randwick and Coogee Ladies and Gentlemen’s League Swimming Club,  who deeply regret the loss of such a good pal.

FREEBAIRN. -In loving memory of our dear friend, Walter “Boller” Freebairn, who was killed on the field of honour at the Dardanelles. Inserted by his sorrowing friends, Jack Lovat and Will Tyrell RIP

FREEBAIRN. – In loving memory of my dear friend,

Walter (Boller), who was killed in action at the Dardanelles. Inserted by his friend, Charlie Horne.

FREEBAIRN. -In loving memory of our friend, Walter (‘Boller”) Freebairn, who was killed in action fighting at the Dardanelles. Inserted by F. McAullife and L. Wilson, who regret the loss of an old chum.

Source: NLA

IN MEMORIAM

In 1917 – 2 years later the tributes keep coming ……………………..The Sydney Morning Herald – Wednesday 25 April 1917

FREEBAIRN.– A loving tribute to the memory of our dear brother Walter (Boller) aged 23 years who gave his life for his country on Anzac Day. Inserted by his loving brothers Will. Jack, Arch , Harry,   and sister In law, Mabel.

FREEBAIRN.–In loving memory of our dear friend Walter (Boller), killed in action at Gallipoli, April 25, 1915. Inserted by his dear friends P. and H.   Thompson, Redfern.

FREEBAIRN.– In loving memory of my dear friend, Walter (“Boller”) Freebairn, 1st F. Company Engineers who was killed in action on Anzac Beach, April 25, 1915, aged 23 years. Inserted by his loving friend, Essie Adams, Coogee.

FREEBAIRN.–In loving memory of our dear friend Walter (Boller) Freebairn who was killed in action at the Dardanelles April 25 1915. Inserted by his friends, Florrie and Ruby Butt, and Elsie Cook.

FREEBAIRN.–In memory of Sapper Walter Freebairn (Boller), 1st Field Coy. , Engineers, killed in action April 25, 1915. Inserted by his friend and comrade, Corporal Norman Masters 1st Field Co , Engineers.

Source: NLA

Sources: NLA, NAA, AWM

Footnote:

The nickname “Boller “ is a  mystery  ????

55 Walter Freebairn   had two brothers enlist. 8397 Pte Archibald FREEBAIRN, 5th Depot Unit of Supply, returned to Australia, 1 July 1919  and 2614 Pte. Thomas Harry Freebairn 1st Pioneer Battalion.

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