Regiment or Ship: Royal Sussex Regiment
Service Number(s): 130; 395940
Occupation: Rate Collector
Date of Birth: 23.03.1886
Place of Birth: Bexhill on Sea, Sussex.
Date of Death: 10.01.1955
Address: 67 Windsor Road, Bexhill
Photos and newspaper articles
Parents: Ernest Easton, b. 1857 in Catsfield, d. 1942) and Jane Easton (nee Bates), b. 1863 in Bexhill, d. 1953).
Beatrice Easton, born 1884 in Bexhill.
In 1891 Ernest, Jane and family were living at Galley Hill but by 1901 had moved to Hastings Road. Ernest was a self-employed cab driver/groom.
Spouse: In 1910 Herbert married Louise Delia Easton (Easton was also her maiden name). Louise was born in Hastings in 1887 and died in 1961.
They had two children – Graham Victor Easton (1911-1989) and Dorothy Constance Delia Easton (1914-1990).
When Herbert died he was living at 22 Cranston-avenue and his probate record reads:
“EASTON Herbert Victor of 22 Cranston-avenue Bexhill on Sea Sussex died 10 January 1955. Probate LONDON 6 April to Graham Victor Easton sub-postmaster. £3005.9.2d.”
First World War Experience
Herbert enlisted sometime before 17th October 1914 and an article appeared in the local newspaper, together with a photograph, stating:
“Corp. H. V. Easton, 7th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment is the Chief Assistant in the Rates Department. He was formerly Sergeant in the Rifles, and afterwards joined the National Reserve.”
Another article appeared in the newspaper dated 22nd July 1916 saying that Herbert had been wounded. This read as follows:
“Mrs. Easton of Windsor Road, whose husband, Sergt. H. V. Easton, of the Royal Sussex Regiment, has received the news that he has been wounded in the right shoulder. He was, when the letter was despatched, waiting for passage to England.”
The next report we have is one dated 2nd. February 1918 saying:
“Sergt. H. V. Easton, Royal Sussex Regiment, who was wounded, has again returned to active service.”
Herbert fought in the First Theatre of War (France) from 31st May 1915 and was awarded the Victory Medal, the British War Medal and the 15 Star.