ERIC GARTH FREEMANTLE
F3/7.4a Eric Garth Freemantle, born 27.3.1964 in Johannesburg and like his father and three uncles, he attended school at St John's College throughout his educational years. He was married (1st) on 12.10.1991 in Johannesburg to Brenda Beatrice Henning, but she died on 15.6.1999, from a heart attack, aged 37 years. They had one son, Lennox John Freemantle, born 9.5.1996, in Johannesburg. After the death of his wife, Eric and his small son, Lennox John, moved into his parents home for some years.
Eric Garth Freemantle was married (2nd) on 29.09.2001 to Tamsin Collins, stepdaughter of Sir and Lady Antrobus. On 1.3.2002 they moved to York Avenue, Craighall Park. There was a daughter born of the second marriage:
F4/8.[4a](6b) Kathleen Rozanne Freemantle born on 19.9.2002 in Johannesburg
Eric's brother, Peter, prepared an extensive pictorial record of this baby girl and sent a copy of it all to me over the Internet.
From Owen Freemantle on 8.10.2001.
'I have been to Len's game ranch twice recently. The first time was just for a rest which I did not get, of course, as there always seems to be a great deal of repair work to be done. ... The next visit was for Eric's bachelor party. On this occasion only six people turned up, Eric and Peter, Len, Peter Sheldon, Nigel Wyatt and myself. It was a great two day party ... The weather was once again bitterly cold but we sat in the lapa with a huge fire and were all kept very warm.
Two weeks later was the actual wedding, which went off very well. It was held at the Johannesburg country club, which has been renovated and is very posh now.'
From Eric G. Freemantle on 12.11.2001.
'During the Boer War a shipment of dum dum bullets was sent from India to South Africa by mistake ('as they were only for use on savages as protocol then declared'). The British forces sent the bullets to an armoury inland and the train was derailed. The Boers and British then accused each other of using these dum dum bullets and to settle the argument a surgeon, Brian Freemantle, from a British hospital was sent out to decide who was using dum dum bullets.
His findings were that the change from black powder and lead bullets to cordite and steel jackets was the actual cause of the wounds that everyone felt came from dum dum bullets. Unfortunately, he was sent home as neither the Boers nor the British would accept his findings.'
From: Eric G. Freemantle on 12/10/1991
' Both my father [Lennox Freemantle] and Pete [his brother] have professional hunter's licences and take foreign visiting hunters out shooting game.'