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John EASTHAM

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Surname: EASTHAM

Forename(s): John

Place of Birth: Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Yorkshire

Service No: 27502

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Alexandra, Princess of Wales Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 10th (Service) Battalion

Division: 21st Division

Age: 26

Date of Death: 1916-07-01

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 3 A and 3 D.

CWGC Cemetery: ---

CWGC Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: HORTON-IN-RIBBLESDALE, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

John Eastham was the son of John and Elizabeth Eastham, née Johnson. John senior was born in Alston Township, Ribchester, Lancashire and Elizabeth at Stapleford, Nottinghamshire.

1891 Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Yorkshire Census: Foredale - John Eastham, aged 1 year, born Horton, son of John and Elizabeth Eastham.

1901 Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Yorkshire Census: Mill Dam - John Eastham, aged 11 years, born Horton-in-Ribblesdale, son of John Eastham, widower.

1911 Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Yorkshire Census: Mill Dam - John Eastham, aged 21 years, born Horton-in-Ribblesdale, son of John Eastham, widower.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte John Eastham, 27502, Yorkshire Regiment.

Data Source: Cravens Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

EASTHAM, John, Yorkshire Regiment, killed in action July 1, 1916.

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Private John EASTHAM

Private John EASTHAM

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Alexandra, Princess of Wales Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Alexandra, Princess of Wales Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 21st Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 21st Division

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Surname: EASTHAM

Forename(s): John

Born: Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Yorkshire

Residence:

Enlisted: Settle, Yorkshire

Number: 27502

Rank: Private

Regiment: Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

Battalion: 10th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 1916-07-01

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

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Surname: EASTHAM

Forename(s): John

Nationality: United Kingdom

Service Number: 27502

Rank: Private

Regiment: Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own)

Unit: 10th Battalion

Age:

Awards:

Died Date: 1916-07-01

Additional Information:

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BRITISH BATTALIONS ON THE SOMME, by Ray Westlake (Pen & Sword Books Limited 1994)

10th (Service) Bn. Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

Went into action at Fricourt in support of the main attack (1/7) – following 4th Middlesex, ‘B’ Company were gallantly led by Temporary Major S.W. Loudoun-Shand, who seeing that his men were in difficulty leaving their trenches immediately leapt on to the parapet and assisted them over the top. Under fierce machine gun fire the officer helped and encouraged his men but soon fell mortally wounded. For his conspicuous bravery and leadership, Major Loudoun-Shand was awarded the Regiment’s second Victoria Cross of the war and the first of 4 to be awarded during the 1916 Somme fighting. His company suffered heavily in its attack – some 5 officers and 117 other ranks going into action – just 1 officer and 27 men coming out. Remainder of Battalion covered ground towards Crucifix Trench where they were to relieve 15th Durham Light Infantry.

[John Eastham was killed on the 1st July 1916.]

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04 August 1916

HORTON-IN-RIBBLESDALE – Missing

Mr. John Eastham, of Mill Dam, has been officially informed from the Record Office at York that his son, Private John Eastham, of the Yorkshire Regiment, has been posted as missing since the 3rd July. The young man of 26 joined up in February last, so no time had been lost in getting him with the British Expeditionary Force in France. Of course it is not to be assumed that he has been killed, and his absence from his regiment is only temporary.

18 August 1916

EASTHAM – July 1st, killed in action in France, Pte. John Eastham, Yorkshire Regiment, of Horton-in-Ribblesdale.

18 August 1916

REPORTED MISSING: NOW DEAD

Reported as missing in our issue of the 4th inst. official intimation has now been received that Pte. John Eastham 27502, Yorkshire Regiment, was killed on July 1st, somewhere in France. The worst fears have thus unfortunately been realised, and sympathy is extended to Mr. Eastham and family in their bereavement. We will give a photograph of the deceased next week.

01 September 1916

MISSING, NOW KILLED – PRIVATE JOHN EASTHAM of Horton-in-Ribblesdale

Reported as missing in our issue of the 4th ultimo as from the 2nd July last, intimation has now been received through the depot at York that Private John Eastham of the Yorkshire Regiment was killed in action in France during July.

Deceased only joined the Army early in March and after a short training was despatched to France where he has made the great sacrifice. He was twenty-six years of age and a bachelor. Sympathy is extended to his father, sister and only surviving brother in their bereavement.

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