William Vivaish Eastman

Rank Second Lieutenant
Service No Unknown
Date of Death 04/10/1917
Age 19
Regiment/Service King's Royal Rifle Corps 13th Battalion
Memorial Tyne Cot Memorial

 

William Vivaish Eastman (not Viviash as the St Luke’s memorial states) was born in Clerkenwell in 1898. His father, William George Eastman was a silkman’s commercial clerk. In due course, William gained three younger siblings and the family moved to 27 Dudley Road, Finchley to accommodate their growing numbers. The four children then began to attend Squires Lane School (now Manorside School) but little can be discovered about these early years.

In 1910, William joined Christ’s College, Finchley and subsequently joined the Cadet Force there, becoming Colour Sergeant before leaving the school in 1915. His marksmanship was notable and his participation in shooting competitions resulted in him twice being awarded the Challenge cup (now the Hennell Cup). In his memory, his parents gifted the Cadet Force with the Eastman trophy, to be given to the contingent shot each year. Though the original trophy was lost, it was still awarded annually and the trophy itself was replaced in 2009.

Upon leaving Christ’s College, William was a student at the Royal Institute of Chemistry (now the Royal Society of Chemistry) and is also remembered on a memorial there, erected in 1920.

William enlisted with the Middlesex Regiment in 1916, before transferring into the King’s Royal Rifle Corps, arriving in Flanders in March 1917. On 4th October 1917, the first day of the Battle of Broodseinde during the Third Battle of Ypres, he was killed in action during a dawn attack.