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I am starting to research my Grandfather Percy Eastwood who served in th Northumberland Fusiliers. He was one of seven brothers who all served in WW1 although I do not yet know any other Regiments. All were born in Rotherham, Yorkshire and all survived the War. I assume this is most unusual? My questions are. Why would Percy be in the Northumberland Regiment? and would the brothers be necessarilly seperated to different units. Many thanks

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Hello Geoff, and welcome to the forum.

The Northumberland Fusiliers was among the largest of the infantry regiments in terms of the number of battalions raised. It always spread its recruiting net widely and Rotherham is not so far from the traditional north eastern base. As the war went on, and especially from 1916 when conscription was introduced, the 'obvious' linkage between where a man came from and the regiment with which he served was increasingly broken.

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  • 2 years later...
Thanks for the replies so far. The brothers were, Percy. George, Herbert ,Thomas, Horace ,William and Robert.


Have searched the Absent Voters Register for Rotherham hope this may help

EASTWOOD Percy 5 Hollowgate 48327 Pte Northumberland F.

EASTWOOD Herbert 7 Hollowgate TT/03335 Cpl. (W.R.) Div. A.V.C.

EASTWOOD George 15 Mary Street 26641 Gnr D/161st Bde., R.F.A.

EASTWOOD Horace 11 Holland Street 152238 Pte M.G.C.


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