|Place of birth||Casino, New South Wales|
|Address||Wyrallah via Lismore, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||19|
|Next of kin||Father, Charles Richard Eastment, Wyrallah, Richmond River via Lismore, New South Wales|
|Previous military service||Served in the Light Horse.|
|Rank on enlistment||Sergeant|
|Unit name||42nd Battalion, D Company|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/59/1|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A30 Borda on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Sergeant|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||42nd Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Zonnebeke, Belgium|
|Age at death||21.8|
|Age at death from cemetery records||21|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 27), Belgium
The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.
The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.
The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.
Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
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|Parents: Charles and Annie EASTMENT, Shirley Street, Byron Bay, New South Wales. Native of Casino|
|Family/military connections||Two cousins killed in action; 1 cousin died from shell shock.|
War service: Western Front
Embarked from Sydney, 5 June 1916; disembarked Southampton, England, 23 July 1916.
Proceeded overseas to France, 25 November 1916. Admitted to 10th Australian Field Ambulance, 17 January 1917 (arthritis, left knee); rejoined unit, 23 January 1917.
Transferred to England on duty, 4 April 1917; taken on strength, 69th Bn, 7 April 1917; proceeded overseas to France to reinforce 42nd Bn, 23 August 1917; taken on strength, 42nd Bn, 2 September 1917.
Killed in action, Belgium, 4 October 1917.
Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
AIF Headquarters, Horseferry Road, London, wrote to Base Records, 27 July 1918: 'May Mrs Eastment also be informed, please, that her son was killed by concussion caused by an explosion of a large enemy shell at the close of the attack on Zonnebeke on 4-10-17. He was not mutilated in any way, and death was instantaneous. He was buried by some members of his Coy, the same day at a spot 100 yards West of [the] railway line.' Mother wrote to Base Records, 14 July 1918, enquiring after any monies her son might have left: 'I don't wish you to think I am anxious for the money I speak of but where he left it they may after a certain time put it as unclaimed money as I do not know anything about laws. I know you have a lot to do for our living soldiers who are fighting now so bravely for us, but I would like for you when you can spare the time to see if what I ask has come to hand and I trust that this cruel time will soon alter for so many of our homes are now broken and sorrow reigns.'~