Charles John Eaton

Date of birth: 1885
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: 7530
Rank: Sergeant
Regiment / Division: Hampshire Regiment
Battalion: 29th Division, Training Army Service Corps
Died: 18th December 1915 aged 30 years
Death location: Gallipoli, Turkey

Life before the War
Born in 1885 Charles John Eaton was the son of Charles John and Frances Rose Eaton who lived at 11 Grove Road, Freemantle, Southampton.  Father Charles worked as a Ship’s Steward.

Military Service
Charles served as a Sergeant in the 29th Division of the Hampshire Regiment and died on 18th December 1915.  He is buried in Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Turkey (Grave reference L10).  Over 1,200 servicemen from the Commonwealth are buried or commemorated in the cemetery, 135 burials are unidentified casualties.  The cemetery also contains 17 Greek war graves.  The majority of the cemetery (Rows A to J and the first part of Row L) was made during the period from April 1915 (following the landing of Commonwealth forces) and the evacuation of the peninsula in January 1916.

The Gallipoli campaign, fought by Commonwealth and French forces, lasted 8 months and was an attempt to force Turkey out of the war and relieve the deadlock on the Western Front in France and also to open a supply route to Russia through the Black Sea and the Dardanelles.

Charles’ sacrifice is commemorated on the 1920 Roll of Honour.

Researcher: Jan Thorn
Published.: 21st March 2014
Updated: Insert dates here

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