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Wilfrid Rhodes Freeman

Male 1888 - 1953  (64 years)



  • Name Wilfrid Rhodes Freeman  [1, 2
    Birth 18 Jul 1888  103 Westbourne Terrace, Paddington Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 2, 3
    • third son of William Robert Freeman (d. 1925), stone merchant, and his wife, Anne Farquharson Carr Dunn, the daughter of an Aberdeen advocate. [DNB]
    Education 1902 - 1906  Rugby School Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 2, 3
    Education 1906 - 1907  Sandhurst Find all individuals with events at this location ; Royal Military College  [1, 2, 3
    Marriage 17 Apr 1935 
    Elizabeth Richmond,   b. 1911, Egypt Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 1986, Isle of Mull Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation - 1942  Royal Air Force  [1, 2
    • Served European War, 1914-18 (despatches, DSO, MC, Legion of Honour); Deputy Director of Operations and Intelligence, Air Ministry, 1927-28; Chief Staff Officer Inland Area, 1930; Air Officer Commanding Palestine and Transjordan, 1930-33; Commandant Royal Air Force Staff College, 1933-36; Member of Air Council for Research Development and Production, 1936-40; Air Chief Marshal, 1940; Vice-Chief of Air Staff, 1940; Chief Executive, Ministry of Aircraft Production, 1942-45 [Whos Who]
    Decoration 1942  GCB  [1, 2
    Post/Rank/Title 1945  1st Baronet  [1, 2
    Residence - 1953  8 Victoria Rd, Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location   [1
    Death 15 May 1953  London Find all individuals with events at this location ; Cause: suddenly  [1, 2
    Notes 
    • previous marriage 1915 to Gladys Mews; dissolved 1935; 1 s, 1 d.
    • see obituary in The Times 18 May 1953 and DNB article.
      Subject of: Wilfrid Freeman: The Genius behind Allied Survival and Air Supremacy, 1939 to 1945. Furse, Anthony. Staplehurst, UK: Spellmount, 1999. ISBN 1-86227-079-1
    Person ID I4222  Tatham | Richmond branch | Spouse
    Last Modified 02 Jun 2019 

    Family Elizabeth Richmond,   b. 1911, Egypt Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 1986, Isle of Mull Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Marriage 17 Apr 1935    [1, 2, 3
    Children 
    +1. Living
     2. Living
    Last Modified 03 Feb 2011 
    Family ID F1262  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S18] Who's Who / Who was Who.

    2. [S05] The Times, obituary, 18 May 1953.

    3. [S21] Dictionary of National Biography.