Leading Seaman James (Jimmy) Freel CGM
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- Second World War (1939-1945)
Grants to support the repair and conservation of war memorials are available from the charity War Memorials Trust if it has raised funds. Support is focused on war memorials in Very bad or Poor condition or where there is a serious Concern.
Before applying for a grant you should read the advice available on War Memorials Trust`s website. The What we can and cannot fund helpsheet explains what types of work the charity can fund.
If you believe your project is eligible for a grant you should complete the Pre-application enquiry form. You will need to be registered and logged in to complete this.
The Pre-application enquiry form is a series of questions to see if your project is eligible. If it is, you will need to provide further details and submit current colour photographs of the war memorial in either a png, gif, jpg or jpeg format.
You can save your Pre-application enquiry form as you go along. Once submitted War Memorials Trust will respond.
As a charity, War Memorials Trust relies on voluntary donations and every contribution, no matter how large or small, makes a really big difference to our work. Your donation will help protect and conserve war memorials for future generations so please support War Memorials Trust’s work.
Memorial-LEADING SEAMAN JAMES ‘JIMMY’ FREEL CGM 1919-1965 DECORATED WORLD WAR II CHARIOTEER Plaque-James (Jimmy) Freel CGM James Michael Freel , born at Hindpool in Barrow on 13 December 1919, joined the Royal Navy on 9 June 1936 and became Barrow’s highest decorated war hero of World War II. After serving as a gunner on the battleships HMS ‘Revenge’, HMS ‘Royal Sovereign’ and HMS ‘Rodney’ he volunteered in May 1942 for a “Special/Hazardous Mission” and trained as a “Charioteer Driver” (aka “Human Torpedo) assigned to th e 10th Submarine Flotilla in Malta to prepare for/Operation Principal targeting enemy ships in Palermo, Sicily. On 29 December 1942, Freel and Sub Lieutenant RG Dove RNVR,with Chariot No. XVI, embarked on submarine HMS “Torpedo” to attack ships in/Palermo/harbour where they sank the Italian troopship ‘Viminate’ after which they made their way ashore where they were taken prisoners and sent to/Prisoner of War camps in mainland Italy. On 9 September 1943 (after 9 months as a POW) Freel escaped and fought with the local Partisans until December 1943, when he rejoined the Allied/Forces and was repatriated to the UK. On 18 April 1944 James Freel was gazetted for the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (CGM) for his “courage, determination and devotion to duty”. He saw further action in the Far East and on 2nd June 1945, he was Mentioned in Despatches for “bravery, coolness of action and devotion to duty”/in the rescue of survivors from a burning tanker near Japan. He left the Royal Navy on 6 January 1950 after 12 years service and signed on the supply ship RRS ‘Discovery I’ bound for the British Antarctic/Territories. On 2 January 1951 he signed off in Melbourne, Australia, where he lived until his untimely death on 13 November 1965