Harry Freame Anzac Scout

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Harry Freame Anzac Scout

Post by Peter H » 18 Apr 2004 05:14

A little known Australian fighting man....Sergeant 'Harry' Freame(1885-1941).
Australian 1st Battalion; 764 Sergeant Wykerham Henry 'Harry' Freame, son of Australian teacher in Japan and Japanese mother, educated in Japan, previously served under Diaz in Mexico, and had been a scout in German East Africa, was probably the most trusted scout at Anzac.
'Harry' at Gallipoli in June 1915.
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Post by Peter H » 18 Apr 2004 05:30

Freame was in action from day one at Gallipoli and was awarded the DCM for a patrol raid on the German Officers Trench position in June 1915.He was badly wounded at Lone Pine in August 1915 and invalided home in 1916.

Postwar Freame took up farming.In the 1930s his knowledge of the Japanese language and culture was utilised by the Australian Trade Commission and he was employed in Japan on 'sensitive issues'.His subsequent death from head injuries in an 'accident' in Japan in 1941 has been suggested by some as Japanese foul play.

From the AWM Website,Freame in his latter years.
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Post by Peter H » 18 Apr 2004 05:36

Postscript:Freame's son,Lieutenant Harry Freame Jr,served with the 2/24th Battalion 9th Division in WW2,and was killed in action at Tarakan, Borneo in May 1945.

Freame lead an assault on a Japanese underground bunker position near the Tarakan airfield using flamethrowers and grenades.Freame was wounded and was killed a few nights later when a Japanese infiltrator thew a fused shell into the hospital ward he was at.

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