Richard entered the war in France on 21st May 1915. He was killed during the Battle of Delville Wood. “Sgt. Eastham, who had gone down to receive his decoration for bravery shown at Ypres, had not long been back when, on 19th August, he and Billy Britton were killed in Angle Trench by a trench mortar missile. (Taken from the book ‘With the Forty Fourths’) He was the husband of Alice Eastham of 15 Lomax Street, Great Harwood, Blackburn.