H Eastwood
Courtesy of Halifax Courier

Harry was born in Halifax and it is known that his father was Roland Eastwood, on 22nd December 1900 Harry married Sarah Illingworth who lived at Mountain, Queensbury. Harry was a plasterer by trade, on the 1901 census the newly married couple were living with Sarah’s parents.  By 1911 they had two children Prudence and Luther and were living at 41 Mountain Place, Queensbury.

The Halifax Courier dated 8th December 1917 printed the following on Harry:

“Pte. Harry Eastwood (37), 30149, of the L. North Lancashire’s, is reported missing.  His wife, who with 2 children live at 41, Mountain place, Mountain, received the grievous tidings on Thursday, from No. 2, Infantry Record Office, Preston, saying her husband was posted as missing from Oct. 26th.  He had only been at the front some 7 months and his wife heard from him immediately before he seems to have been lost sight of.  Eastwood worked for John Foster and Sons, Ltd., Black Dyke Mills, was a member of Mountain Institute, and a Rechabite.  He was of very quiet disposition, and doubted whether anyone could ever make him a soldier.”

The confirmed death of Harry was reported in the Courier dated 24th August 1918, the date given is 26th October 1917 and at that time he was aged 37 and serving in the 4th/5th Battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.  He has no identified grave and is commemorated on the TYNE COT MEMORIAL (Panel 102 to 104).