7th Battalion
The King's (Liverpool Regiment)


Pte Hugh Eaton

L/Cpl Herbert Rankin
The Somme—August, 1916

L/Cpl Rankin and Pte Eaton were killed on the British assaults on the German held village of Guillemont, the Somme. After weeks of costly attacks, Guillemont finally fell to the British on 3rd September, 1916. The cost to the King's was high, an estimated 3000 killed, wounded or missing. Guillemont is a Battle Honour of The King's (Liverpool Regiment).

Captain Noel Godfrey Chavasse, R.A.M.C., medical officer for the 10th King's and Sgt David Jones, 12th King's won their Victoria Crosses during the fighting for Guillemont.
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5163 Pte Hugh Eaton
2361 L/Cpl Herbert Rankin
Killed in action France, Tuesday, 8th August, 1916 aged 18
Weather that day - Temperature 77°F
Killed in action France, Friday, 11th August, 1916 aged 26
Temperature 77°F; stormy, with mist in the morning
Enlisted at Bootle
Enlisted at Bootle
Resided in Litherland
Resided in Litherland
Born in Chester
Born in Seacombe
Son of Hugh and Elizabeth Ann Eaton
Son of James and Annie Rankin
5 Blisworth Street, Litherland
3 Jubilee Road, Litherland
Buried Peronne Road Cemetery, Maricourt, Somme, France
No known grave
Medals: British War Medal – Victory Medal
Medals: 1914/15 Star – British War Medal – Victory Medal
Litherland War Memorial
Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
Linacre Methodist Mission, Linacre Road, Litherland
Litherland War Memorial
Bryant & May Memorial, Royal British Legion, Litherland
Linacre Methodist Mission, Linacre Road, Litherland
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Appleton's Tannery Memorial, St Philip's Church, Litherland
Peronne Road Cemetery
Thiepval Memorial

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