Frank Molyneux Eastwood, professional soldier killed at Ypres

Frank Molyneux Eastwood

Title: Frank Molyneux Eastwood
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Frank was born in 1893, the fourth of five sons of John Edmund (a stockbroker’s agent) and Ethel of Enton Lodge, Witley. Frank went to Eton College and joined the army, not surprisingly the Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment.  He was commissioned in September 1912 and promoted to Lieutenant in September 1914.

The 1st Battalion was in England at the outbreak of the war and went to France on 13 August 1914 as part of the British Expeditionary Force. The battalion took part in the battle of Mons, the first battle of the war, the retreat from Mons and subsequent counter attacks by the Allies. In late October 1914 the battalion was joined by the 2nd Battalion at Ypres when the Allies attacked the German positions in the first battle of Ypres and forced them back to Passchendaele Ridge. During a German counter-attack on the 29 October which penetrated the British line, the 1st Battalion was sent to Gheluvelt to support the 2nd Battalion.  1st Battalion and the Scots Guards tried to take a German trench at 3pm on 29 October 1914 but failed, losing 161 dead. Frank is mentioned in the battalion war diary as having been killed in this attack and in the Witley parish magazine as having died of wounds. He has no known grave, so it can be surmised he was buried but the site damaged in subsequent actions and his body could not be identified after the war.

Frank’s brothers also served in the war: John in the Grenadier Guards, Harold (who won the Military Cross) in the Royal Field Artillery and Tank Corps, Noel (wounded in action) in the King’s Own Hussars and Geoffrey in the Royal Flying Corps.

Frank was awarded the 1914 Star (The Mons Star), the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

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