John Eslick (1891-1919)
Driver John Eslick was born in 1891 in Quarrington Hill, Durham, the son of James Eslick and his wife Ellen Marshall. He was with his parents in the 1901 and 1911 censuses, working as a coal miner in the 1911 census. He married Adelaide Walker in Sedgefield, Durham in 1915 and joined the 23rd Division Ammunition Column, Royal Field Artillery, service number 66525. John left for France in August of 1915.
John died on 11 January 1919 in his hometown of Quarrington Hill. The circumstances of his death are not known but he is honoured on the Commonwealth War Graves Website as a casualty of World War I so his death must have related to his military service. His unit participated in the Battle of the Loos in September 1915, the Battle of the Somme in 1916, Messines and Passchendaele in 1917 and numerous other battles, in short most of the major battles on the Western Front. His column moved to Italy in November of 1917 and remained engaged in battles until the Armistice a year later.
John was awarded the 1914-15 Star which identifies that he served in a theatre of war against Germany between 5 August 1914 and 31 December 1915. He was also awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal. He is honoured on a memorial plaque at Christ the King Church (formerly St Pauls) at Quarrington Hill and buried in the churchyard there.
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‘Royal Field Artillery during the Great War’, The Wartime Memories Project, http://www.wartimememoriesproject.com/greatwar/allied/regiment.php?pid=17656, [accessed 2 July 2016].
‘Killed in Action – World War I’, Bowburn Local History Society, http://www.bowburnhistory.co.uk/to-those-who-gave-their-lives-in-war-to-give-us-peace/wwi, [accessed 2 July 2016].
‘A Guide to British Campaign Medals of WW1’, The Great War 1914-1918, http://www.greatwar.co.uk/medals/ww1-campaign-medals.htm, [accessed 2 July 2016].