Harold Reeves Eastman, MM

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Jun 8, 1896

Born at Cornwall Ontario to Joel Bernard and Jennet E (nee Reeves) Eastman


Feb 20, 1915

Attested into the 38th Battalion at Ottawa Ontario 

Ø      Number A10552 

There are no Attestation Papers in the file for this, but there is a Casualty Form and a Pay Card that records this information


Apr 23, 1915

Admitted to hospital


May 13, 1915

Discharged from the CEF as “at his own request on payment of $15.00)


Jun 8, 1915

Attested into the 7th Brigade Ammunition Column, CFA (Canadian Field Artillery) at Ottawa Ontario 

Ø      Number 1289453 (this number is noted as “allotted for record purposes only)

Ø      Next of kin given as Jennet Eastman (mother) of RR #1 Mille Roche Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      Previous service given as 3 months in the 38th Battalion CEF

Ø      Religion given as Wesleyan 

His medical makes note of a Hair Lip that had been operated on


Jun 25, 1915

Discharged from the CFA as “Medically Unfit within 3 months of enlistment” at Barriefield Ontario.  This was later recorded as “required at home”


Jan 14, 1916

Attested into the 154th Battalion at Cornwall Ontario 

Ø      Number 633067

Ø      Next of kin given as Bernard Eastman (father) of Mille Roche Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      Previous military experience given as 4 months in 38th Battalion CEF and 15 days in the 2nd CFA

Ø      Religion given as Methodist 

His Hair Lip was noted on the medical

His brother Lloyd Forrester Eastman had attested into the battalion the previous October


Aug 17, 1916

Admitted to the Ongwanada Military Hospital Kingston diagnosed with Pneumonia


Sep 12, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Oct 25, 1916

Embarked the RMS Mauretania at Halifax Nova Scotia


Oct 31, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the Witley Camp


Jan 25, 1917

Transferred to the 156th Battalion at Witley


May 23, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


May 24, 1917

Arrived at the No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Etaples France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


May 30, 1917

Admitted to No 7 Canadian General Hospital at Etaples diagnosed with Influenza


Jun 15, 1917

Discharged to the Base Depot at Etaples from hospital


Jun 25, 1917

Left #2 CIBD for the 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Jun 26, 1917

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion at Hersin as part of a draft of 5 Other Ranks destined for the 21st Battalion


Jun 28, 1917

Appointed to rank of Acting Corporal with pay while attached to the 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Aug 20, 1917

Reverts to the rank of Private and left the 2nd Entrenching Battalion to join the 21st Battalion in Billets at Fosse 10 and was assigned to “D” Company


Oct 9, 1917

Admitted to No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) then transferred the same day to No 4 CFA diagnosed with Tonsillitis


Oct 12, 1917

Discharged to duty from No 4 CFA


Dec 1, 1917

Attached to the 182nd Company, Royal Engineers for duty


Dec 21, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion from the Royal Engineers


Feb 15, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Mar 2, 1918

Rejoined the Battalion from leave


Aug 26, 1918

During the 21st Battalion’s advance on the Hindenburg Line, Pte Eastman received shrapnel wounds to his chin and left hand.  There is no citation available, but it is assumed that he was recommended for the Military Medal for acts of bravery during this action 

He was admitted to No 42 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station).  His wounds were later recorded as superficial


Aug 27, 1918

Transferred to No 7 Canadian General Hospital at Etaples


Aug 31, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Princess Elizabeth

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital


Sep 1, 1918

Admitted to the 2nd Western General Hospital at Manchester


Sep 28, 1918

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital at Woodcote Park, Epsom


Oct 9, 1918

Discharged from the Convalescent Hospital and placed On Command to No 3 CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot)


Nov 7, 1918

Discharged from the No 3 CCD


Nov 8, 1918

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Nov 25, 1918

Granted permission to marry 

There is no record in his file that he did in fact get married.  On his discharge when he applied for the War Service Gratuity, he stated that he had no dependents.  However, he did get married after his return home.


Nov 28, 1918

On Command to Headquarters, Witley for duty with the CMP (Canadian Military Police)


Dec 2, 1918

Ceased to be attached to the CMP


Dec 13, 1918

On Command to Kinmel Park pending return to Canada


Dec 21, 1918

Embarked the RMS Carmania at Liverpool

Transferred to the CEF in Canada


Dec 30, 1918

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston Ontario 

TOS the Casualty Company, Military District No 3 at Kingston 

Granted leave with subsistence until January 14, 1919


Jan 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” would have been issued but the number is not recorded in the file

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge RR #1 Mille Roche Ontario 

Following the war the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Mille Roche Ontario


Feb 11, 1919

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette # 31173


Sep 16, 1919

Married to Georgina Blackadder at Cornwall Ontario 

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