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R D East - missing from all records?


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I've just got hold of a school magazine for Summer 1916, which includes the following:

"We have also to record the death of Lieut. R. D. East,

who was here as a master in 1911. On leaving us after taking

his B.A. in Honours at London University Mr. East was

tutor at Cliff. College, where he took his B.D, degree at

London. He entered the Wesleyan Ministry and was in

training at a Theological College when the war broke out:

Joining the Army as a private, after six months he was given

a commission, and was about to attain the rank of Captain

when he was killed. He left a touching letter to his parents

telling them that he found the religion which had helped him

in time of peace, was found sufficient in the face of death."

The detail at the end suggests that the information has come directly from his family. However, CWGC has no trace of him, he is not listed on the school or town memorial, and I can't even find a likely medal card. Searching the online Gazette for 'East' wasn't much help either. Is this all a huge mistake? A fraud? or is he the most forgotten casualty of the war? Any ideas gratefully received.

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Initials: K D

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Lieutenant

Regiment/Service: Lancashire Fusiliers

Unit Text: 18th Bn.

Age: 25

Date of Death: 27/05/1916

Additional information: Son of the Rev. James T. East and Mary East, of Hollins House, Cherry Tree, Blackburn. Graduate in Arts and Divinity. Tutor at Cliff College, Sheffield.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: I. E. 26.


This looks like your man.


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He is remembered on the Clayton-le-Moors memorial.

Go here and click on the Clayton-le-Moors picture for details

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London Gazette 3-5-1915

The Lancashire Fusiliers.

18th Battalion (2nd S.E.L.)—

The undermentioned to be temporary Second Lieutenants: —

Kingsley Dunmore East. Dated 10th April, 1915.


London Gazette 5-11-1915

The undermentioned temporary Second Lieutenants to be temporary Lieutenants : —

Kingsley D. East. Dated 1st June, 1915.



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Bob, Stephen, Steve -

T H A N K Y O U !

I don't know why he was missed off the memorial, or why the Head teacher got his name wrong, but at least I now know he existed, and where to look for more details. Four heads are certainly better than one. Steve - your control of the London Gazette makes David Blane look like a rank amateur.

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