Eastwood, Vincent McCarter: Lieutenant (Military Cross)

Digitized Service Record

Source: May 1917 War Diary first page.

Later captain. Awarded Military Cross.

Resource: The latters of Lt. V.C. Eastwood are transcribed and available at Letters from Vincent transcribed by his Great Grand-Son Michael Ritchie.

Vincent McCarter EASTWOOD age 27 bond salesman Peterborough 610 George Street same s/o Vincent EASTWOOD (born Ontario) and wife Isabelle McCARTER to Margaret McKee NEILL age 28 Peterborough 359 Hunter Street same d/o Robert McKee NEILL (born Ohio USA) and wife Agnes MERCER witnesses: Jean EASTWOOD and Robert NEILL both of Peterborough 
source: Ontario Vital Statistics 16887-1924

Milityar Cross or Medal Capture2

Military Cross Citation, London Gazette. No. 30095.Page 5186.

Lt. Vincent McCarter Eastwood, Can. Infy.

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in command of a raiding party. He carried out several valuable reconnaissances previous to the raid. During the operations, he, with a few men, entered the enemy’s trenches, personally show two of the enemy, and bombed his way along their front line, inflicting several casualties before withdrawing.

Milityar Cross or Medal Capture1

London Gazette. No. 30095.Page 5186.

Summary of Service for Eastwood, Vincent McCarter, Lieutenant, Military Cross

Date Event Remarks
January 4 1897 Born Born to Mr. Vincent Eastwood and Mrs. Isabelle McCarter Eastwood at Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.
April 6, 1916 Enlisted Enlisted with the 93rd Battalion at Peterborough. He was 19-years of age and had three years of experience in the Militia with the 57th Regiment. The Officer’s Attestation Paper was signed by his Uncle, Major J. H. Eastwood. He also had a cousin, John Hubert Eastwood who served in the 93rd March 8, 1916.
May 27, 1916 On Command On Command at Ottawa, Ontario re. Daily Orders 133 of June 3, 1916.
June 14, 1916 Off Command Off Command at Ottawa re. Daily Orders 143 of June 15, 1916.
June 30, 1916 Anti-Typhoid Inoculation
July 1, 1916 Assigns Pay Assigns pay at the rate of $20.00 per month to his father, Major Vincent Eastwood.
July 3, 1916 Anti-Typhoid Inoculation
July 6, 1916 Writes Letter Letter to parents. References the inoculation.
July 10, 1916 Vaccinated
July 13, 1916 Writes Letter To parents. Writes on train on way to embarkation in Halifax on way to England.
July 15, 1916 Unit Sails 93rd Battalion sails from Halifax.
June 28, 1916 Unit Arrives
August 20, 1916 Writes Letter To parents. Interesting observations about women working during the war.
September 12, 1916 Writes Letter To Margaret Eastwood, his sister. Mentions Lieutenant Arthur Ross Ackerman of the 2nd Battalion.
September 13, 1916 Writes Letter To parents.
September 19, 1916 Posted Posted to permanent cadre, 93rd Battalion.
September 22, 1916 Writes Letter To parents. The Battalion is down to 250 men and most of the officers have been posted overseas.
September 26, 1916 Writes Letter To father. Interesting reference to a “breast plate”. A piece of personal armour that “Stevenson” had also purchased and was designed against shrapnel and could protect against bullets and bayonets.
October 6, 1916  Transferred Transferred to 39th Battalion and then overseas to 18th Battalion.
October 7, 1916 Writes Letter To parents. Writes letter day after posting to 39th Battalion. He may know he is due overseas soon. Relates about leave in London and one soldier who goes crazy.
October 11, 1916 Writes Letter To parents. Relates that leave was extended 3 days when he got posted to the 18th Battalion. The Canadian involvement at the Somme occurred almost a month prior.
October 16, 1916 In Transit In transit “overseas” to unit.
October 17, 1916 Taken on Strength TOS 18th Battalion.
October 17, 1916 Writes Letter To parents. Reference to Lt. Norman Campbell Hatton, reg. no. 454823.
October 20, 1916 Arrives Battalion in service in Bully Grenay and Hersin sector. War Diary states:

 

“Position as yesterday. LIEUTS. V.M. EASTWOOD, J. Mc. WATT, and P.G. MIGHT arrived as reinforcements. LIEUT. H.W. McBRIDE admitted to hospital.”

October 21, 1916 Writes Letter To parents. Arrives at front and meets “Steve Stevenson”, battalion unknown.
October 30, 1916 Writes Letter. To parents. He is reunited with Lts. Might, Watt, and Worth, all formerly of the 93rd Battalion.
November 8, 1916 Writes Letter To parents. Attending a machine gun school and references indigenous soldiers from the 93rd Battalion being in his [D] Company.
May 26, 1917 Awarded Military Cross Per London Gazette, number 30095, page 5186. Citation reads:

 

“Lt. Vincent McCarter Eastwood, Can. Infy.

 

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in command of a raiding party. He carried out several valuable reconnaissances previous to the raid. During the operations, he, with a few men, entered the enemy’s trenches, personally shot two of the enemy, and bombed his way along their front line, inflicting several casualties before withdrawing.”

August 23, 1917 Granted Leave Granted 10 days leave to England.
September 6, 1917 Granted Leave Extension Granted extension to leave.
October 28, 1917 Appointed Acting Captain Appointed A/Captain per London Gazette. No. 30524.
November 10, 1917 Wounded Reported wounded. GSW back. Severe. Wounded at Passchendaele. War Diary entry states:

 

“During the whole of this tour the Officers and men held this part of the line under the most severe conditions possible. Great difficulty was experienced in the evacuating of casualties from the front line to R.A.P.s and dressing stations. Front line trenches were subjected to frequent barrages and the rear country [area] was also heavily shelled and bombed. The supports on this front were reached by a series of tracks, being trench mat walks, and rations had to be carried by mules up these tracks. Each track being subjected to continual shellfire, the transport and ration parties where fortunate in escaping with the loss of 3 men killed and 1 mule which fell off the duckboard track and owing to the depth of the mud had to be shot. Splendid work was done by the Battalion Stretcher bearers in tending and evacuating the wounded.”

November 11, 1917 Admitted Hospital Duchess of Westminster Hospital, Le. Torquet.
December 5, 1917 Reported Dangerously Ill
February 2, 1918 Removed from Dangerously Ill List GSW, Back. Fractured right scapula. Severe.
February 21, 1918 Transferred Via hospital ship transferred to 2nd West General Hospital, Manchester.
April 4, 1918 Transferred Perkins Bull Hospital, Heath.
April 28, 1918 Transferred Granville Canadian Special Hospital, Buxton.
May 6, 1918 To Canada To Canada via Hospital Ship No. 56 via Avonmouth.
May 16, 1918 Arrives Canada Arrives Canada at Halifax. Transits Atlantic aboard the Llandrovery Castle.
May 23, 1918 Base Toronto GSW right shoulder.
July 29, 1918 Admitted Base Hospital, Toronto Admitted with ankylosis, right shoulder. Boarded “D3” and issued with 2-months sick leave.
August 5, 1918 Discharged Base Hospital Toronto
October 2, 1918 Admitted Spadina Military Hospital Admitted with GSW, right shoulder and reports “Good movement of clavicle and scapula. Muscular strength in arm good. Received “B2”.
January 31, 1919 Demobilized

 

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Listed with Phi Delta Theta Fraternity in the University of Toronto Torontonensis, 1921.

Listed with Phi Delta Theta Fraternity in the University of Toronto Torontonensis, 1921.

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