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Thomas Eastham was born in the first quarter of 1896 at Coup Green, Higher Walton, Lancashire.  His father was James Eastham (b. 1866 in Higher Walton), a cotton spinner.  His mother was Isabella Crane (b. 1866 in Woodplumpton).  James and Isabella were married in 1891 and they had seven children, though one died in infancy.  The survivors were: Frederick (b. 1894), then Tom, then John (b. 1899), Annie (b. 1901), Emily (b. 1903) and finally Clara (b. 1905).  In 1911, the family was living at 24 Bridge Street, Higher Walton.  Tom was working as a creeler.  Some time between 1911 and 1916 the family moved to 47 Station Road, Bamber Bridge.

Tom attested he was willing to serve as soon as War broke out – he signed up on 25 August 1914.  He joined the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and was assigned service number 3068.  He was 5’ 3¼” tall, weighed 107lbs and had a 33” chest.  After a period of training in the reserves he was posted to 1st Battalion and he joined them in the field on 16 March 1915.  The Bn at the time was occupying trenches near Festubert.  At the end of April, the Battalion strength stood at 23 officers and 826 other ranks.  They fought at Aubers Ridge in May 1915 and in September at Loos.

In June 1916, the Battalion was in the trenches not far from Lens but on 5 July they moved first to Divion, then they marched to Lillers and there they entrained for Flesselles.  A few days later they were at the front, defending the village of Contalmaison which had been captured on 9 July.  By the night of 10 July, 1st Division was in place ready for the fighting on 14 and 15 July.  Mametz Wood had been effectively taken and cleared of the enemy (at enormous human cost) by 12 July and the next phase was to advance beyond the wood.  Some progress was initially made on 15 July but by nightfall the Division was back where it started. Thomas was killed during this action.  He was 20 years old.

Rank:  Private
Service Number: 3068
Date of Death:  15/07/1916
Age: 20
Regiment/Service:  The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.
Cemetery/memorial: POZIERES BRITISH CEMETERY, OVILLERS-LA BOISSELLE

Additional Information:  Son of Mr. and Mrs. James Eastham, of 47 Station Road, Bamber Bridge, Preston.

48 other officers and men from 1Bn L.N.LAN.R. lost their lives on 15 July 1916:

11861 Private THOMAS ADAMS
18517 Private JOSEPH AIRD
22551 Private JOHN ASHCROFT
19526 Private BENJAMIN BAKER
19435 Private RICHARD BAMBER
18000 Private WILLIAM HENRY BRADE
22010 Private ALFRED BRADSHAW
18852 Private PATRICK BRENNAN
22494 Private WILLIAM CONNOR
21761 Corporal HUBERT ARCHIBALD COOK
19002 Lance Corporal JOHN CRAGG
11445 Private J F DAVIES
18895 Lance Corporal SYDNEY HERBERT DUNNING
2589 Corporal J FINLEY
19983 Serjeant EDWARD FLANNAGHAN
19393 Private ARTHUR FREDERICK FORSHAW
22521 Private LOUIS CLEGHORN GEORGE
Captain HARRY WILLIAM GIFFORD M I D
18744 Private BARTHOLOMEW HARTLEY
22873 Private JOHN HINAGIN
22075 Private JAMES HENRY HOLDEN
11764 Private BEN HOWARTH
22304 Private JAMES HOWARTH
22578 Private AARON JACKSON
18049 Private PETER LAWRIE
18702 Private EDWARD LEEMING
20277 Private THOMAS LEVER
10814 Private JAMES LIVESEY
22200 Private JOSEPH LUDDEN
2596 Private FRANK MADDEN
2461 Private WILLIAM McGOWAN
6645 Private JAMES LEO MOON
21820 Private JOSEPH MOORES
20633 Private GEORGE MORRIS
22086 Lance Corporal THOMAS HENRY MURPHY M M
12610 Private HUGH O’NEIL
19825 Private FREDERICK PYE
22586 Private THOMAS RAINFORD
8429 Private JAMES RILEY
23559 Private WILLIAM ALFRED RIMMER
18295 Private THOMAS ROBERTS
11254 Corporal ARTHUR ROBERTS
23128 Private EDWARD SHARPLES
13763 Private THOMAS SMITH
21747 Private RICHARD STANLEY
10457 Corporal ALFRED SWANSBOROUGH
11994 Corporal JAMES WATKINSON D C M
18816 Private WILLIAM WHITESIDE

Bill Brierley

Bill Brierley

Before taking early retirement in 2007 and returning to his native Lancashire in 2009, Bill Brierley was head of the School of Languages and Area Studies at the University of Portsmouth.Bill has researched his own family history and has developed a further interest in World War 1 especially as it impacted on the villages of Lostock Hall and Bamber Bridge, where his family originates from.Bill has also displayed his work at Lostock Hall library and contributed to other displays at Leyland Library and South Ribble Museum.
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