Richard Eastwood (c.1893-1915)

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Richard Eastwood

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

EASTWOOD, RICHARD. Private. No 3/1985. 7th Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Born Linthwaite. Eldest son of the late Mr and Mrs George Eastwood, of Smith Ryding, Linthwaite. Cousin of Mrs Mary Hannah Gledhill, 9 Slantgate, Linthwaite. Since the death of his parents he had lived for about seven years with Mr Joseph Williams, of 10 Slantgate, Linthwaite, with whom he was engaged in a general hawker's business. Enlisted soon after the outbreak of the war. Came home on leave in June, 1915. Was severely wounded in the chest and abdomen on 20.9.1915. Died of his wounds at the 2nd London Casualty Clearing Station, 21.9.1915, aged 22 years. Buried MERVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY. Grave location:- Plot 4, Row D, Grave 4.
His cousin, Mrs Gledhill, received the following letter from the Rev. F. G. Goddard, Chaplain to the 2nd London C.C.S., dated 22.9.1915, 'I am the Church of England Chaplain at the 2nd London C.C.S., 1st Army. I regret to have to write sad news about Private R. Eastwood, No 1985, 7th Battalion K.O.Y.L.I. He was brought in here yesterday severely wounded in the chest and died shortly after admission. Your name and address was found on him so perhaps you would kindly let his relatives know. Of course probably you are related yourself and must at least be a friend. Will you tell all concerned and assure them of our real and sincere sympathy. I cannot very well write more at present as you can realise. I officiated at his funeral this morning. I hope all of you will feel if he died away from his people yet he did so among those who did their best for him. May God comfort you and bless all those bereaved.'
ROH:- Linthwaite War Memorial.
Brother of Private FRED EASTWOOD, who died of wounds, 8.6.1915.

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