Sidney Charles Eastlake (1897-1917)
Private Sidney Charles Eastlake was born in 1897 in Camberwell, London, Surrey, the son of Richard Algernon Eastlake and his wife Caroline Mary Britton. He was with his parents in the 1901 and 1911 censuses, working in 1911 as a telegraph messenger. He married Alice M Bird in Lambeth in 1916 and joined the Queens (Royal West Surrey) Regiment, 7th Battalion.
Sidney was killed in action in the France & Flanders region on 10 August 1917. He is buried at Tyne Cot Cemetery in Zonnebeke, Belgium, now the largest Commonwealth cemetery in the world, along with almost 12,000 other Commonwealth servicemen. His service number is G/11528 and his medal card at The National Archives shows that he was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal. We know of eight siblings of Sidney and that his family had already borne the loss of his older brother, Frank Wotton, the year prior.
Troops of the 6th Battalion, Queen’s Royal Regiment (West Surrey) eating dinner in the trenches. Arras, March 1917′, Imperial War Museums, © IWM (Q 4845), http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205237063, [accessed 24 Jun 2016].
CWGC Commonwealth War Graves Commission, http://www.cwgc.org/, [accessed 20 Jun 2016].