James Spencer Eason, West Riding Regt

1895 May 16. Born Ripley, Derbyshire

1898 Apr 28. Baptised

1901 census at 27, Charles Street Grassmoor, Hasland, Derbyshire

1911 census at 80 Harcourt St Kirkby - in - Ashfield Nottinghamshire

1913 Jul 28. James Spencer Eason, warrant number 103095. Joined on London Met Police . Last posted to W Division as a PC.

1915. Mar 8. Left Met Police and a few days later ...

1915 Mar 12 Attested at Mansfield: Pioneer, Royal Engineers Special Reserve (Motor Cyclist Section). His next of kin was his father Samuel Eason, of 80 Harcourt Street, Kirkby in Ashfield, Notts (as in 1911 census). And he was appointed a Coporal

1915 Jul 18 Lands in France

1916 Jun 25. Arrested and sentenced to be reduced to the ranks for giving wrong name and number to M.P.

1916 Jul 26. Transferred to 2nd Battalion Royal Fusiliers as a Private

1917 Aug 1. Commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant Duke of Wellington’s (3rd West Riding) Regiment. His Oficer file is in NTA - WO 339/98613

1918 Apr 29 . Sustained a Gunshot Wound to neck,at Kemmel in Flanders. And ten transferred to hospital in UK. He then spent a long period in hospital suffering from both the GSW and from neurasthenia. He never returned to duty and was eventually discharged

1919 Feb 1. W. Rid. R. Temp. 2nd Lt. J. S. Eason to be temp. Lt. (he therefore served the 18 months normally served as 2nd Lt, in order to be promoted.

1919 May 19 Married at Bingham, Nottinghamshire to Dorothy F M Upton age 19 of Radcliffe on Trent. They went on to have 4 children - 1933 John B ; 1936 Jean Dorothy ;1940 Janice P.; 1945 Kathryn M

1919 Jun 18. W. Rid. R. . Temp. Lt. J. S. Eason relinquishes his commission: on account of ill-health caused, by wounds, and retains the rank of Lt

1920 May 28. His last Medical Board stated that the effects of his wounds were still very severe and likely to be permanent. He got a £50 per year wound pension for the next two years

1921 Jan 26. Joined ADRIC with service no 1600. Posted to O Coy.

1921 Feb 18 Posted to N Coy to make up numbers after Crozier removed around 30 of the Trim looters

1921 Feb 18 Promoted Section Leader.

1921 Jun 11 Posted to L Coy. Reverts to T/Cadet

1921 Jun 16. Involved in Rathcoole Ambush. £14 compensation for loss of property

1922 Jan 20 Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC

1933 Apr 28. Car catches fire. He and his wife are in 1933 Electoral Roll as living in Clapham

1939 Register. Living at 39a Burleigh Road, West Bridgford, Notts. Occupation: soap salesman. Living with wife Dorothy and daughter Jean Dorothy (married name Marks)

1940 Apr 13. Note in service records: ‘The Officer to whom these personal papers relate applied for enrolment in the Officers’ Emergency Reserve on 29 Sep 1939 and was not accepted’ (he was 45 by then)

1956 Sep 5. Died Basford, Nottinghamshire. Age 62