EAVES, WILLIAM 10190 Guardsman 2nd Battalion 20th Brigade 7th Division

THE SCOTS GUARDS

Born Penwortham  Enlisted Preston  Living Leyland

Killed in Action  France / Flanders  12th March 1915

Ref: ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919’, Part 5.

Chorley Guardian and Leyland Hundred Advertiser Sat. 3rd April 1915

The death is reported of Pte William Eaves, son of Mr William Eaves of Wellington View, Hough Lane, Leyland. He was killed in action 12th March 1915 and had formerly worked at the Leyland and Birmingham Rubber Company.

A former member of the Church Lads Brigade and Leyland Fire Brigade, he worshipped at St. Ambrose, Moss Lane, where a Memorial Service was held on Thursday evening April 1st, 1915 conducted by the vicar, Rev. A. Evington (his photo appears in the ‘Guardian’ of May 1st, 1915 – a similar report to the above appears in the Preston Guardian of April 3rd.).

Chorley Weekly News 3rd April 1915

Reports the death of Pte William Eaves, son of Mr William Eaves of 22 Wellington View, Hough Lane, Leyland. He enlisted 5th September 1914 in the Scots Guards.

During the night after his death he was laid to rest behind the firing line by a number of his Leyland comrades who were firing by his side when he received the fatal bullet. The deceased is the first to be killed out of 12 Leyland lads who joined the Regiment together.

A Memorial Service was held at St. Ambrose Church Thursday evening last, the Rev. A. Evington officiating.

A Memorial Inscription is on the family grave in St. Paul’s Churchyard, Farington:-

WILLIAM EAVES

KILLED IN FRANCE

MARCH 12TH 1915

AGED 20 YEARS

The son of William, died 1926 aged 60; and Eleanor, died 1945 aged 80.

William Eaves name is on the following memorials:-

War Memorial, Church Road, Leyland

St. Ambrose Memorial, Moss Lane, Leyland

Mural Plaque in St. Ambrose, Leyland

Scots Guards Memorial, Edinburgh Castle

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

With no known grave, William Eaves’s name is on:-

LE TOURET MEMORIAL, FRANCE

The names of the Scots Guards are on Panels No 3 and 4. Son of William and Eleanor Eaves, 22 Wellington View, Hough Lane, Leyland. Age 20. The Le Touret Memorial is at the east end of the Le Touret Military Cemetery, on the south side of the Béthune - Armentières road.

Lancashire Daily Post Tuesday March 12th, 1918

“In Memoriam”

EAVES: In loving memory of Pte William Eaves, Scots Guards, killed in action, 12 March 1915, 22 Wellington View, Leyland.

“ Fold him in thine arms, O Lord,

And ever let him be,

The messenger of peace between,

Our aching hearts and Thee.”

One of the best God could lend – From: Father, Mother, Sisters and Brothers at home, also Brother Richard in France, and Sister Annie and Dick in Canada.

EAVES:  In ever loving memory of our dear brother, who was killed in action, March 12th, 1915.

“ Three sad years have passed

Since our great sorrow fell; Yet in our hearts we mourn the loss

Of him we loved so well.”

From Sister Nellie and Will.

Note 1:- The 7th Division, of which the 2nd Battalion Scots Guards was a part, was engaged in the ‘Battle of Neuve Chapelle,’ 10th to 13th March, 1915. It was on the third day of this battle that William Eaves lost his life.

Note 2:-  After the re-numbering of Leyland in the mid 1930’s, 22 Wellington View became No. 43        Hough Lane...

Eaves, William. WE Waring 2003