Tuesday 15 January 2013

Private Joseph Ernest Eastwood

Born on 26 August 1877 in Gananoque, Ontario - son of Thomas and Elizabeth Eastwood, Gananoque, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Gananoque, Ontario, trade as dairyman, single, no current or previous military service, Methodist, height of 5 feet 5.75 inches, chest of 38.5 inches fully expanded, fair complexion, brown eyes, light brown hair.

Joined the 156th Battalion, CEF, in Gananoque, Ontario, on 13 January 1916 (number 639424) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 24 May 1917 - wounded on 30 October 1917 - invalided to England on 12 November 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 10 August 1918 - wounded on 3 September 1918 - died of his wounds on 4 September 1918 - buried in Ligny-St. Flochel British Cemetery (grave IV.A.32), France.

(Updated with photos of Pte Eastwood and his headstone in Ligny-St. Flochel British Cemetery.  My many thanks to Geraldine Chase and Bill Beswetherick of the "Gananoque Remembers" project for sending me these images and for allowing me to them in Pte Eastwood's entry.)

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register, www.cwgc.org)

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