Arthur Eastlake (1894-1916)
Gunner Arthur Eastlake was born in 1894 in Holloway, Islington, London, the son of Frederick Eastlake and his wife Mary Agnes Brennan. He was with his parents in the 1901 and 1911 censuses, working in a coffee shop in the 1911 census. He married Amelia Maud Gardner in Islington in 1915 and joined the Royal Field Artillery, 95th Brigade.
Arthur lost his life on the Somme on 23 September 1916. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in Thiepval, France. This memorial, the ‘Memorial to the Missing of the Somme’, holds the names of about 72,000 allied service personnel who died on the Somme but have no known grave. His service number is 124925 and his medal card at The National Archives shows that he was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Arthur’s brother Frederick also served in the British Army, including service in France, from 1907 to 1919.
‘Thiepval Memorial’, CWGC Commonwealth War Graves Commission, http://www.cwgc.org/, [accessed 20 Jun 2016].
Courtesy of International Wargraves Photography Project, FindAGrave, http://www.findagrave.com/, [accessed 21 Jun 2016].