Lloyd Forrester Eastman



Jul 9, 1898

Born in Cornwall, Ontario to Joel Bernard and Janet Amelia (nee Reeves) Eastman


Oct 21, 1915

Attested into the 154th Battalion in Cornwall, Ontario 

Ø      Number 633142

Ø      Next of kin given as J. Bernard Eastman, father, RR# 1 Mille Roches, Ontario

o       Mille Roches was one of the villages flooded to create the St. Lawrence Seaway and is now completely under water

Ø      Previous occupation given as Student

Ø      Previous military experience given as 1 year in the 59th Regiment, Canadian Militia

Ø      Religion given as Methodist

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company 

Because he was too young to enlist, he lied about his age stating that he was born October 9, 1897 

The battalion trained in the Barriefield Camp, Kingston, Ontario 

Lloyd’s brother, Harold Reeves Eastman MM joined the 154th Battalion the following January


May 1, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Provisional Corporal


Oct 25, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Acting Corporal 

Embarked the SS Mauretania in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Oct 31, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Bramshott to continue training


Jan 31, 1917

The battalion was absorbed into the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion at East Sandling.  Shortly after the formation of the new battalion, it moved to Seaford. 


May 9, 1917

Reverted to the rank of Private at his own request in order to proceed to a fighting battalion in France


May 10, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


May 11, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 97 reinforcements from England and was TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Jun 4, 1917

Left the CBD and joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in Hersin


Jun 12, 1917

Left the entrenching battalion and joined the 21st Battalion in billets in the Coupigny Huts near Hersin


Oct 21, 1917

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Mar 11, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Mar 27, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Aug 28, 1918

During the battalion’s advance on the Sensee River, the men came under heavy machine gun fire and could advance no further on that day.  During the chaos, Lloyd Eastman was reported missing.  However his body was recovered from the battlefield a few days later.


Sep 6, 1918

Private Eastman was buried in the Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery, south-east of Arras, France

Note that there is a second burial in the same plot, a 1st Battalion man, Private GF Warren. 

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. JB Eastman, RR# 1 Mille Roches, Ontario 

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Joel Bernard Eastman, at the same address


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