EDGAR EAGLESTONE was the fifth son and youngest of the eight children of Thomas Eaglestone and Sarah Ann, née Dunkley. Their family home was Healey’s Building, West Haddon. We don’t know why he emigrated to Canada but it was there in Winnipeg, Manitoba in May 1916 aged 33 that he enlisted as a private in the Canadian Army Medical Corps. His occupation was given as Railroad Engineer with the Canada Pacific Railway, he was unmarried and 5′ 7″ tall.
He was wounded on duty in No.1 Canadian Hospital at Etaples, France when it was bombed by a fleet of Gotha bombers of the Imperial German Air Service. Click on this link to see the Intelligence Summary of that raid, document kindly provided by Anthony Osborne) Repatriated to the Norfolk War Hospital, England he died of his wounds on May 29th, 1918 and was buried in the churchyard of All Saints, West Haddon with his sister Edith who had predeceased him in 1897 aged 18.
Anthony Osborne has also researched Edgar Eaglestone and provided a 58 page PDF of Edgar’s service record which can be downloaded here: you will need a PDF reader to read it.
A contemporary report of his funeral reads:
WEST HADDON. A SOLDIER’S FUNERAL, The funeral took place at West Haddon on Sunday afternoon in the presence of many mourners, of Private Edgar Eaglestone, Canadian R.A.M.C., youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Eaglestone, who was fatally injured while on duty during a bombing raid by the Germans on a hospital in France, and died in the Norfolk War Hospital, Thorpe. The Rev. W. E. Bannerman, M.A., conducted the service, and the organist, Mr F. Furniss, played the Dead March. There was a large laurel wreath from the Norfolk War Hospital bearing the words “Pro Patria,” and others from his brother-in- law, Thomas Smailes, Mr. and Mrs George Adams, and the village people of West Haddon.
(Trevor Jordan 11 Nov 2015
Updated January 2017)