Although Sergeant F. Eastwood’s home was given as 17 Percy Street, Blackpool, the account in the Midland Counties Express on 19 November 1917 stated that he “belonged to Heath Town”. He had been taught at Trinity Church Schools in Heath Town and attended the church, and his aunt and uncle, Mr and Mrs G. Mattox, lived at 32 Wolverhampton Road, Wednesfield. Prior to being killed in action, he had served in France for two and a half years and had previously been wounded. Other than that he died at the age of twenty-three, there is very little further detail in the article, so we don’t have his regiment, the date that he died, or even his first name.
He is presumed to be the F. Eastwood of the King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment), number 240154, who died on 23 July 1917, as this is the only Sergeant with that name. If anybody has any further information on this man, we would love to hear it!