Charles MacPherson Eastlake (1894-1916)
Gunner Charles MacPherson Eastlake was born in 1894 in Ridgetown, Ontario, Canada, the third child of Charles Henry Eastlake and his wife Helen MacPherson. He was with his parents in the 1901 and 1911 censuses, working as a bank clerk in the 1911 census. When he enlisted in the Canadian Field Artillery in 1914, he identified himself as a salesman. By this time, he had also served with 79th Cameron Highlanders of Canada Militia as well as three years with the Queen’s Own Rifles, Toronto.
The Canada War Graves Registers explain the circumstances of Charles’ death:
While on duty on the night of December 30th 1915, acting as telephone orderly in the artillery telephone dugouts in support trenches, he was severely wounded by the explosion of an enemy shell, that struck the dugout. He was immediately attended to and evacuated to No. 6 Red Cross Hospital, where it was found necessary to amputate his right leg. He died from the effect of his wounds on February 22nd 1916.
Charles is buried at Etaples Military Cemetery in the Pas de Calais region of France, service number 72026.
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‘Canadian War Diaries Artillery Units’, Canadian Great War Project, http://www.canadiangreatwarproject.com/warDiaryLac/wdLacP11.asp, [accessed 24 Jun 2016].
‘The Cemetery, Etaples, 1919’, Imperial War Museums, © IWM (Art.IWM ART 2884), http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/16275 [accessed 24 Jun 2016].