Harry EATON
Rank: Private
Number: S4/247519
Unit: 544th Company, 66th Division Train ARMY SERVICE CORPS
Date of Death: 21 March 1918
Age: 24
Cemetery: Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France

At the time of the 1901 Census, the Eaton family was living at 10 Lloyd Terrace, Reddish. 44 year old Albert Edward Eaton was a parcels superintendent for one of the railway companies. His wife, Cecilia, was aged 42. They had three children - Rupert (14), Hilda (9) and Harry (7).

544th  Company was the supply line transport for a Division of the Army (and was called a Divisional Train). It's wagons and carts were horse drawn. The prefix "S4" in Harry's service number indicates his job within the Company was, essentially, that of a labourer.

On 21 March 1918, the German army launched a massive attack, with overwhelming force, against  British positions along a 40 mile front. Long range artillery attacked specific targets in the rear areas. Harry and his mates were at Roisel, about 20 kilometres north west of the French town of St Quentin. The unit's War Diary records "Refilling point shelled by enemy - one killed, one wounded".

Harry is probably the man recorded as being wounded, rather than the one killed ( as records published after the war show him to have "died of wounds" not "killed in action") Although he was not killed outright, he must have died before reaching an army field hospital (where he would have been buried in a military Cemetery). He will have been buried near to where he died. In the remaining months of the war, the location of his grave was lost (or was destroyed in the subsequent fighting) and he is now commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing at Pozieres.

In the early 1920s, when the War Graves Commission collated its casualty information, Harry's parents were living at 33 Windmill lane, Reddish

   
           
   
     
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