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Henry Eastham was born in the parish of St Marys, Preston in 1883.

On 5th July 1915, Henry enlisted in the Territorial Army for the duration of the war. He attested into the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and was posted into their 3/4th Battalion with the service number 42109; later 201595.

At the time, he had been living at 16 Derby Square, Preston with his wife Mary Jane Eastham. He was 32 years old, worked as a brick labourer, and had no previous military service.

Henry was posted into the 2/4th Battalion and saw action with them in France. The Battalion landed at La Havre on 8 February 1917 as part of 170th Brigade, under 57th Division. Henry was wounded in July 1917 but returned to the front shortly after.

On 29 August 1918 Henry Eastham was killed in action during the Battle of the Scarpe (26 – 30 August); this was a phase of the second Battle of Arras.

His wife, Mary received his personal effects; and a pension of 25/5 a week for her and their two children.

  • 1 x Identity disc and chain
  • 1 x Letter

Henry is commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois memorial.

Rank: Private
Service No: 201595
Date of Death: 29/08/1918
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 2nd/4th Bn.
Memorial: VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL. Panel 7.


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