George Eastlake (1912-1940)
Corporal George Eastlake was born in 1912 in Morpeth, Northumberland, the third of 15 children of William Eastlake and his wife Harriet Everett Garbutt. He married Evelyn Wilson Todd in Morpeth in 1931 by whom he had a daughter and four grandchildren. Following Evelyn’s death, he then married Violet Stevenson in Morpeth in 1934. George served with the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers, service number 4267024.
George lost his life on 23 May 1940 in France. A family contact told us that he was killed at Dunkirk when the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers were fighting a rear guard action to allow the evacuation of troops from the beaches. He is buried in a village churchyard in Arques, in the Pas de Calais region of France, along with seven other British soldiers and a British civilian.
‘George Eastlake’, CWGC Commonwealth War Graves Commission, http://www.cwgc.org/, [accessed 20 Jun 2016].
‘Arques Churchyard’, with the kind permission of World War One Cemeteries, Picture © Jean-Claude Graux,
http://ww1cemeteries.com/ww2_cemeteries_ext/arques_churchyard.htm, [accessed 24 Jun 2016].