FREEMAN, Archibald Withycombe

1887 - 1963

Born at Ely, Cambridgeshire on 1 November 1887 and baptised at Stretham, Cambridgeshire on 5 February 1888, son of Charles Freeman, a schoolmaster, and his wife Florence Kate née Edwards, who married at St George's, Hanover Square, London in 1880. In 1901, a 13 year old living at The Schoolhouse, Sproughton, near Ipswich with his parents, 47 year old Charles and 42 year old Florence and his elder brother Roland. In 1911, a 23 year old assistant teacher boarding at Fairfield, Upper Grange Road, Beccles, Suffolk. He served in the army during the First World War gaining the rank of sergeant being awarded the Military Medal on 2 April 1918 and was demobilised the following year. He married at Samford, Suffolk in 1919, Gladys R. Turnbull (27 July 1889-1950). In 1939 an elementary school headmaster living at 31 Lattice Avenue, Ipswich with his wife Gladys, an assistant teacher. A watercolour artist and a member of the Ipswich Art Club 1954-1963 and exhibited from 31 Lattice Avenue, Ipswich in 1953 'Mayday on the Gipping' and 'Cavendish', in 1954 'The Finn, Tuddenham', 'Below Flatford' and 'The Turn of the Tide, Melton' and he exhibited every year until 1963 when he had on show three watercolours 'Great Street Farm, Trimley', 'Pakenham Mill, Ixworth' and 'Valley Farm, Langham'. He died in the Gipping district of Suffolk in 1963, aged 76.