ARTHUR WALTER PEAKE

Image from the Suffolk Chronicle And Mercury – 1918.

“Walter”

Born: 1888, Ipswich.

Died: 10th May 1918; Died of Wounds.

Residence: 61 & 63, St. Matthew’s Street, Ipswich.

Occupation: Assistant in the family business as a fishmonger and butcher at 61 and 63, St. Matthew’s Street, Ipswich under the style of “A. Peake and Sons.”

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

 

Rank: Private; Service Number: G/14259

Regiment: Royal Sussex Regiment, 8th Battalion.

 

Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.

 

Grave Reference:

I.C.15.

Pernois British Cemetery,

Halloy-Les-Pernois,

Somme,

France.

 

Brother to HAROLD EDWARD PEAKE.

 

CENSUS

 

1891   The Street, Bramford, Suffolk.

 

Walter was 3 years old and visiting his paternal aunt & uncle.

Samuel Rivers Giles, 47, a Labourer in Chemical Works, born Bramford, Suffolk.

Harriet Giles (nee Peake), 41, born Nacton, Suffolk.

 

1901   9, Rope Walk, Ipswich.

Walter was 13 years old and living with his aunt & uncle.

Samuel, 57, a Fish Merchant – own account.

Harriet, 51.

 

1911   61 & 63, St. Matthew’s Street, Ipswich.

 

Arthur was 23 years old, he was assisting in the family business. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Arthur Peake, 50, a Butcher & Fish Merchant – employer, born Burstall, Suffolk.

Catherine Julia Peake (nee Green), 46, Assisting in the Business, born Bramford, Suffolk.

Ernest Edward Peake, 21, Assisting in the Business, born Ipswich.

Ellen Louisa H. Peake, 19, Assisting in the Business, born Ipswich.

Lily Louise Peake, 18, Assisting in the Business, born Ipswich.

Harold Edward Peake, 17, Assisting in the Business, born Ipswich.

 

The Peake’s family business at St. Matthew’s Street advertised that they were able to supply fresh prime fish directly from the fishing smacks – soles, lemon sole, turbot, brill and plaice. They had a daily supply of real ‘Longshore Bloaters’ and every description of fish in season. They offered special quotations for hotels and boarding houses. Parcels of fish for 2s. 6d. Carriage paid and sent directly from Lowestoft. Their Game and Poultry on price and quality could not be beaten. Arthur Peake also purchased some Grand Suffolk Sheep and several Grand Cattle from noted grazers – including by His Majesty The King, at Sandringham. At Christmas, Arthur Peake and his family offered their customers fine, plump, and young English turkeys (selling over a thousand), plus geese, ducks, chicken, pheasants, and hares.

Arthur’s father, Arthur Peake died Thursday, 14th May 1914, after a painful illness which required undergoing a serious operation, but though it was successful Arthur did not long survive. Arthur was a successful businessman, who had built up a large and flourishing business. When improvements were carried out at the end of St. Matthew’s Street, Arthur developed his business by erecting large new premises, modern in character which in every way met the requirements of his extended trade. Arthur was a member of the Corinthian Lodge of Freemasons. The funeral was held at St. Matthew’s Church on Monday, 18th May. The cortege consisted of a glass hearse and eleven coaches with representatives of the Fish Traders’ Society and members from the Corinthian Lodge of Freemasons.

Arthur’s mother, Catherine Julia Peake carried on the family business as a fishmonger and butcher at 61 and 63, St. Matthew’s Street, Ipswich under the style of “A. Peake and Sons.” The two shops, a dwelling house and a slaughterhouse were fully mortgaged, the latter more than it was worth. Catherine and her three sons all worked in the business, and she was able to pay all the debts. But the business began to fail when the War created difficulties in obtaining supplies of fish, and when Catherine lost the services of her three sons, who had joined the Army. The first writ was served in February 1917 and Catherine realised she was not solvent. In April 1917 Catherine appeared at the Ipswich Bankruptcy Court for Paying Off Her Late Husband’s Liabilities.

 

Soldiers’ Effects to Mrs. Catherine Julia Peake – mother.

 

Arthur is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Matthew’s Church, Ipswich, and at Northgate High School. Formerly Ipswich Grammar School for Boys.

 

Royal Sussex Regiment, 8th Battalion

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