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Easton, A.J., Pte., 1916

De Ruvigny Roll of Honour Vol. 3 page 87

On the Thiepval Memorial is the name of 571 Private Andrew John Easton, serving with the 21st Battalion, (2nd Tyneside Scottish) The Northumberland Fusiliers who died 01/07/1916.

Andrew John Easton was born at New Harper Bridge, Cornhill on Tweed, Northumberland 1st June 1891. He was the son of William Lewins Easton, of 37 Hunter Avenue, Blyth, Northumberland, Wholesale Fruit Merchant, and his wife, Agnes, (daughter of Robert Swan).

Educated at Tillmouth and Blyth Council Schools, and was employed by the Blyth Shipbuilding Company before the war.

He enlisted in the Tyneside Scottish on the 7th November 1914, and served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from January 1916.

He was taken prisoner near Albert around the 4th June. The Germans made two raids on the Tyneside Scottish front line, the first raid was beaten off, leaving one dead and one wounded German in the Tyneside Scottish hands, however the second raid, after an hour long Artillery Bombardment by the Germans, they successfully captured about 19 Tynesiders. He succeeded in making his escape and rejoining his regiment, and was killed in action at the Battle of the Somme 1st July 1916. A comrade wrote:We all cherish in our memories the splendid example he has always set before us. He was killed while fighting for his country, and died a most noble death. The influence he showed amongst us is not likely to fade for many days, and I am pleased to say he died as he had lived, a noble, calm and brave lad. He was unmarried.

De Ruvigny Roll of Honour

He is remembered at Blyth on B42.09, B42.24, B42.35 and at Tillmouth on T18.01

The CWGC entry for Private Easton

If you know more about this person, please send the details to janet@newmp.org.uk