ERNEST TAYLOR EASTWOOD 1877–1918
Born 12th February 1877, Radcliffe on Trent
Baptised 1st April 1877 at St Mary’s Church, Radcliffe on Trent
Daughter Winifred Ellen born 29 August 1912, mother Florence Clark
Died 11th July 1918, age 41
Burial: 15th July 1918 Radcliffe on Trent cemetery. Gravestone no longer present.
Commemorated on Radcliffe on Trent War Memorial
Radcliffe on Trent School Register
Admitted April 1880
Age four living with father, Simon, stonemason, mother, Ellen, née Taylor, brothers William, age 15, Henry, 9, and sister Anne, 6, on Bingham Rd, Radcliffe on Trent.
Age 14 living with father Simon and brother William 25, both stone masons and mother Ellen on Bingham Road, Radcliffe on Trent. He was employed as an apprentice Lace Agent.
Regular soldier in the British Army, rank Corporal, serving with the Royal Engineers. His father Simon, mother Ellen and brother William were still living on Bingham Road, Radcliffe on Trent. Simon and William were working as stone masons. His brother Henry was also a Corporal serving with the Royal Engineers and living in Weymouth with his wife Emma.
Death of father Simon Thomas, age 66
Age 34 and boarding in Felixstowe with Florence Mahala Drage nee Clarke, and working as an electrician for the Royal Engineers. The husband of Florence Drage, William, was a regular soldier, a Lieutenant in the Royal Engineers. Household consisted of William’s wife, Florence, age 30, William’s four step children, ages 5-10, by Florence’s previous marriage to Charles London (died 1905), William and Florence’s three children, ages 1-5 and two servants. Ernest’s mother and brother William (single) remain living on Bingham Road, Radcliffe on Trent. William has his own business as a stone mason. His brother Henry was married and living in Shrewsbury, Shropshire with his wife and four children. He was a Quartermaster Sergeant with the Royal Engineers, working as a military foreman.
Military Service before 1914
Rank: Private (promoted Mechanist Sergeant Major then Lieutenant by end of WWI service)
Service Number: 28900
Military Unit: Royal Engineers
Theatre of War: South Africa
Attested in Derby February 1st 1895
Age 18, trade, stone mason, height 5ft 8ins, weight 130 lbs, complexion fresh, eyes blue, hair brown, religion Church of England. Certified fit for service 15.2.1895
29.7.95: Transferred to 38 Company Royal Engineers
31.12.95: S Mining recruits course
19.5.96: Classified as ‘Skilled’ electrician
6.5.97: Classified as ‘Superior’ electrician
13.1.98: Lance Corporal
7.10.1898: Classified as ‘Very Superior’ electrician
13.10.98: Signed declaration of secrecy as to Brennan Torpedo
1.3.00: Promoted Corporal
24.3.00: Transferred to No 4 Balloon Section Royal Engineers
1900: Short course of military ballooning at Royal Engineers Balloon School, Aldershot
12.6.1900-28.10.1902: South Africa, 2 years 139 days
7.2.02: Transferred to Searchlight Section Royal Engineers, South Africa
26.6.02: Promoted Staff Sergeant, Electrician
22.12.02: Extended service to complete 12 years with the colours
25.10.1904: First class certificate of education. Awarded by the War Office
20.02.1905: Re-engaged to complete 21 years of service
13.3.1906-6.1.1911: Posted to Malta, 4 years 200 days
26.06.08: Promoted Mechanist Quartermaster Sergeant
24.4.12: Wounds dressed and treated for shock at Colchester Military Hospital (cause of wounds and shock unknown)
24.4.12-3.5.12: Admitted to Military Hospital, Pembroke Dock with auto-septic disease, wounds and confusion.
Wounds contused and treated with antiseptic dressings. In hospital for 12 days
1913: Mechanist Quartermaster Sergeant
Military service 1914-1916
Rank: Mechanist (Elec) Sergeant Major then Lieutenant from 1917
Service Number: 28900
Military Unit: Royal Engineers, Establishment for Engineers Services then Royal Flying Corps from 1917
Theatre of War: served in the U.K. so did not enter a theatre of war
23.8.1915: Promoted from Quartermaster Sergeant to Mechanist (Elec.) Sgt Major due to the discharge of Mechanist (Elec) Sgt Major Strugnell. Stationed at Pembroke Dock.
31.12.1916: Discharged at own request after 18 years of service with a view to pension under a pay warrant and for the purpose of being appointed to a Commission. During his service he was employed as an Inspector of Electrical Machinery for War Office. Place of discharge Horse Guards, Whitehall, London. Intended place of residence 12 Hawstead Road, Catford, London S.W.8.
Length of service: army judged him to have served 21 years and 320 days
Next of kin: William Eastwood (brother)
Trained electrician. Skills described as ‘very superior’ on war record and character described as exemplary.
Description at discharge: Age 39 years 10 months. Height 5ft 11ins, chest 40 ins, complexion fresh, eyes blue, hair brown.
20.1.1917: London Gazette Ernest Taylor Eastwood to be Temp. Hon. Lt. (without Army Pay or allowances) whilst emplyd. as an Asst. Inspr. Aeronautical Inspn. Dept.
5.1918: London Gazette, appointed Lieutenant with effect from 1.11.1918. His Royal Flying Corps (later R.A.F.) record states he had over twenty years experience in electrical communication, search lighting, coast defences, and power schemes, design and erection of mains in the Royal Engineers. Inspection of electrical machinery and materials generally.
South African Medals King and Queens 1899-1902
Clasps, “Belfast”, Cape Colony and Orange Free State
Kings African medal with Date, clasps 1901 and 1902.
Long service and good conduct with gratuity 1913
Recommended to Secretary of State for War for Valuable Services rendered during the war as Warrant Officer 1st Class R.E. Gazette 27 February 1917.
Ernest Taylor Eastwood died in Radcliffe on Trent, July 11th 1918. The cause of his death was carcinoma of the rectum and secondary carcinoma of the liver. His eldest brother William was present at his death which was certified by local Radcliffe on Trent doctor, Dr. Allaway. His occupation is given as Lieutenant, Royal Flying Corps. His will gives his rank as Lieutenant and date of death as 11th July 1918. Administration to Henry John Eastwood, brother, works manager. His brother William Eastwood died in 1923.
After Ernest died, Mrs Norton of 64 Derby Road, Ipswich, as ‘Guardian of child’, claimed for a dependant’s pension on behalf of his child (daughter Winifred). In the 1911 census Mrs Hannah Norton of the above address was recorded as a certified midwife. No pension details are given, but it appears that the claim was successful as there are dates on the pension card between 1921 and 1928, when Winifred was sixteen and the pension would cease. Winifred married William Soper in 1938 in Ipswich and they later emigrated to Canada; they had three children.
Reasons for inclusion on the Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour
Born, lived and died in Radcliffe on Trent.