Arthur Roland Eaton, Sergeant 244344, “C” Coy. 1st/5th Bn., Cheshire Regiment
Died of wounds 26th November 1917 in France, aged 20
Son of Joseph Hackney Eaton and Annie Eliza Eaton, of 1 West Bond St, Macclesfield.
Arthur’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 7 December 1917:
SERGEANT EATON KILLED
Yesterday Mr and Mrs Joseph Eaton, Bond Street, Macclesfield, received the distressing news that their son, Sergt Arthur Roland Eaton, Cheshire Regt, was killed by shell-fire in France on the night of November 27th. Captain A H Joliffe, commanding the company, wrote: “Your son was so severely wounded that he only lived a few hours after being hit. He was one of my most trusted and valued NCOs, whose influence with the men was the best, and he always carried out his duties cheerfully and efficiently. His death leaves a gap that will indeed be hard to fill.”
Sergt Eaton was twenty years of age and joined the 7th Cheshires shortly after war broke out. He was one of the 100 local men who voluntarily transferred to another battalion for active service in France, where he had been for nearly three years. The deceased was educated at Christ Church School and attended the Church, and in civil life was employed as a clerk in a shipping office in Manchester. Sergeant Eaton had been previously wounded and was home on leave in July.
His death was also reported in the Macclesfield Advertiser on 14 December 1917:
SERGEANT A R EATON
Yesterday week Mr and Mrs J Eaton, Bond Street, Macclesfield, were notified that their son, Sergeant Arthur Rowland Eaton, was killed by shellfire on the 27th November… The deceased joined the local Territorials in the early days of the war, being then only 17 years of age. After training at Bedford, he voluntarily transferred to another battalion for active service in France, where he soon gained promotion to non-commissioned rank, eventually being made sergeant…
Sgt Arthur Eaton is buried in Grave Ref. III. A. 12. of the Hermies Hill British Cemetery, France. His mother asked for the inscription “HIS MEMORY IS SWEETNESS BEYOND EXPRESSION HIS ABSENCE GREAT SORROW” to be added to his headstone. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Sgt Arthur Eaton, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.