Patricia Dorothy ‘Pat’ Eastland (1935-2006)                                                       

'Root person' for the Eastland family history - Generation 1.

                                                                                                                                                                                                

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Father: Percy Eastland:

Birth: 26 February 1898, 32, George Street, Buckland, Portsmouth, Hampshire.

Marriage: 5 August 1934, St. Stephen's Church, Portsmouth, Hampshire (Percy was 36 years old).

Occupation: Engine Fitter on H.M. Dockyard.

Death: 21 October 1970, Lime Kiln Lane Estate, Caravan Park, New Forest, Hampshire (Percy was 72 years old).

Cause of death: Infarction of the bowel due to acute dissecting aortic aneurysm due to atheroma (bowel failure and internal haemorrhaging).

Despite losing his left leg whilst fighting overseas during World War I (1914-1918), Pat's father had a successful career as an engine fitter on H.M. Dockyard, and his income from this together with his war pension and monies earned from property investments, assured a comfortable lifestyle for his family. 

 

Mother: Annie Victoria Mitchell:

Birth: 4 April 1910, 32, Alver Road, Kingston, Portsmouth, Hampshire.

Death: 3 May 1993, Royal South Hampshire Hospital, Southampton, Hampshire (Annie was 83 years old).

Cause of death: Myocardial infarction and coronary artery atherosclerosis and thrombosis (fatal heart attack).

 

Birth: 17 May 1935, 28, Victoria Road North, Portsmouth, Hampshire.

Pat was the first of six children born to her parents. She and her siblings were raised in the naval garrison city of Portsmouth, Hampshire, located 64 miles (102 kilometers) south west of London on the English Channel coast.

 

Marriage 1: 26 June 1954, Parish Church, St. Mark, Portsmouth, Hampshire (Pat was 19 years old).

 

Spouse 1: Living.

Pat was a keen swimmer during her youth, and while using the swimming pool near the local army barracks she met her first husband in 1952.

 

Children: 1 x living.

The timing of her husband's National Service (compulsory peacetime military conscription) with the Royal Pioneer Corps, couldn't have been worse. His 2 year enlistment started just before their child was born, and ended 18 months later. His frequent absences from home strained their relationship and they were divorced in April 1957. After the divorce, Pat raised their child on her own.

 

Partnership: 1959, Portsmouth, Hampshire (Pat was 24 years old).

 

Partner: Brian David Hamson:

Birth: 2 October 1933, St. Mary’s Hospital, Portsmouth, Hampshire.

Death: 2 January 1996, Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, Oxfordshire (Brian was 62 years old).

Following her divorce, Pat enlisted with the Territorial Army (T.A.), and on 16 April 1959 joined the Women's Royal Army Corps (W.R.A.C.) with regimental number W/403082 and the rank of Private. While in the Corps she met Brian.

 

Children: 4 x living.

On 1 May 1960, Pat was discharged from the Corps as 'free on family grounds' after a total time served of 1 year and 16 days. She had Brian's first child 2 months later. Then in 1961, Pat and Brian moved from Portsmouth to Weymouth, Dorset, where they had 3 more children. After being offered a job as the manager of a butcher's shop in Bristol, Gloucestershire, Brian uprooted his family again in 1970.

 

On 5 April 1975, without warning, Brian abandoned Pat and his children after 16 years of being together, and married a co-worker citing the address where he'd been living with Pat and his children on his marriage registration record. Brian and his new wife settled in Marlborough, Wiltshire, where they had three daughters between 1975 and 1977.

 

Marriage 2: 23 February 1976, Quakers Friars Registry Office, Bristol, Gloucestershire (Pat was 41 years old).

 

Spouse 2: Michael Maurice ‘Mike’ Ingram:

Birth: 21 May 1933, 141, Whaddon Avenue, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

Death: 20 February 2001, Frenchay Hospital, Frenchay, Bristol, Goucestershire (Mike was 67 years old).

After a short courtship, Pat married Mike who was working as an engineer's machinist at Bristol Neumatics. He was welcomed into Pat’s family, and became a terrific step-dad to Brian's children. This enduring marriage lasted 25 years until Mike's death in 2001.

 

Children: None.

 

Occupations: W.R.A.C. Corps (1959-1960) and lingerie machinist (1951-2000).

 

Hobbies and interests: Sewing, knitting, reading and movie watching.

 

Death: 9 April 2006, Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol, Gloucestershire (Pat was 71 years old).

At the end of a life during which she'd suffered much heartache and hardship, Pat was surrounded by her children and grandchildren when she died.

 

Cause of death: Heart, renal and respiratory failure.

 

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Pat, 1950
Pat, 1950

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Pat and sons, c1977
Pat and sons, c1977

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Pat and family, 1995
Pat and family, 1995

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