EASTGATE, CHARLES GEORGE

LA VALLEE-MULATRE COMMUNAL CEMETERY

Rank: Private
Service No: 27811
Date of Death: 17/10/1918
Age: 21
Regiment/Service: Northamptonshire Regiment 1st Bn.
Grave Reference 1 A
Cemetery LA VALLEE-MULATRE COMMUNAL CEMETERY

Additional Information:

Born 1897 in Fairfield, Melbourne Australia, eldest son of George (Journalist and later Sub Editor on daily morning paper) and Rosanna Eastgate. 1911: With his family at 2, Lincoln Villas, Stanley Road, South Woodford. A Scout Troop Leader with 12 Epping Forest Scouts at St Mary’s Church.

He left his job with Barclays Bank to enlist in the Army at St Swithin’s Lane in the City under the Derby Scheme, and was called to join the Northamptonshire Regiment. He trained at Gillingham and went to France in 1916. He served in various locations until arriving at St Quentin.

On 17-10-18 1 Northamptonshire captured the village of La Vallee-Multatre, about seven miles South of Le Cateau. A member of the Battalion Scouts, while entering the newly captured village Charles Eastgate was killed instantly when shot through the head by a sniper. Described as “one of the best Scouts we had”, in his youth he had been a member of 12th Epping Forest Boy Scout Troop.

Memorial: Roll of Honour St Mary’s Church.
Separate Folder: NO.
Principal Sources: Ancestry. C.W.G.C. Woodford Times.
Qualification: Borough Resident.