|Death: ||Feb. 28, 1917, France|
2nd Battallion, The Royal Fusiliers
City of London Regiment
I have just received the transfer of this page, which I greatly appreciate, and I also want to add a special thanks to wrig for the additional information, as well as the photo of a relative that I had never seen a photograph of, before. It is so healing to look at someone and realize that you look like him, or he looks like you, and that no matter how much you moved about in your own life, that we do, each and every one of us, have roots...and they remain, generation after generation.
2nd Lieutenant Eddie Banks was through the British/Canadian thread of Banks; his father was Reverend Thomas Banks, and Eddie's mother's name was Margaret. Margaret was the daughter of Francis Truscott, whom I would imagine was the inspiration for Eddie's middle name - at this time, I am still searching for Margaret's mother's information.
What little I heard about Eddie was that he was an only child, and his obituary information seems to verify this; there is no mention of siblings. Instead, his Regiment Captain and Company Chaplain memorialize him as a brave young man, always willing to do all he could and more, and 'loved by all who knew him.' His Company Commander informed Eddie's parents that the young man's loss was a great blow to his platoon and company, and that their son had fought, and died nobly.
Eddie died on 28, February 1917 in the vicinity of Sailly - Saillisele, while defending trenches that had been captured from the Germans earlier that day. There is notation that he 'was buried where he fell', and that this was detailed in a letter to his parents.
Eddie was approximately 19 years old at the time of his death.
Eddie, as well as other military members in our many family lines, seems to have been either neglected or 'lost' for many decades, and it was only when I began tracing for my own selfish reasons - medical details -, that I discovered what selfless and astonishing individuals I can proudly state that I am related to...it is an honor to tell Eddie's story, and I hope that this page will soon have many tokens of gratitude from those who agree that our military members are a gift to us, and they can never receive enough flowers, prayers and words of respect.
"These heroes are dead. They died for liberty - they died for us. They are at rest. They may or may not sleep in the land they made free, under the flag they rendered stainless, under the solemn pines, the sad hemlocks, the tearful willows, and the embracing vines. They sleep beneath the shadows of the clouds, careless alike of sunshine or of storm, each in the windowless Place of Rest. Earth may run red with other wars - they are at peace. In the midst of battle, in the roar of conflict, they found the serenity of death. I have one sentiment for soldiers living and dead: cheers for the living; tears for the dead." ~Robert G. Ingersoll
Departement de la Somme
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