Image courtesy of Edward Peck.
Born: 26th December 1892, Ipswich.
Died: 3rd May 1917; age 24; KiA -instantaneous – being caused by the bursting of a shell – Battle for Cherisy.
His body being brought down from the line and buried in a cemetery in the neighbourhood of Arras: the grave being strongly made up and marked by a cross.
Residence: 1, Hatfield Road, Ipswich.
Employed: as a Clerk in the offices of the Cliff Brewery.
Joined the 6th (Cyclist) Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, in September 1914. Transferring to the Inns of Court Officers Training Corps. Prompted – Temporary Second Lieutenant 20th January 1916 – of the Suffolk Regiment. Received his commission – June 1916, being first attached to the 10th Battalion, being later transferred to another service battalion of the same regiment.
The 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment went to the Western Front with the 53rd Brigade, 18th Division, on the 25th July 1915.
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant, Service Number; 1185
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 8th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War + Military Cross. The Suffolk Regimental Gazette Nov.-Dec.,1916 records the award of the Military Cross – for conspicuous gallantry in action. He led his platoon in the attack with great courage and initiative. Later, he took out a patrol in daylight under heavy fire, and obtained most valuable information”.
Gazetted 20th January 1916.
Pas de Calais,
3rd May 1917 After the moon had set, and in the darkness before the dawn of May 3, the long lines of troops were set in motion. The 18th Division attacked with two brigades, one of which (55th) captured Cherisy and advanced to a depth of about three thousand yards. Along the front immediately to the north and south of that village matters had not gone so smoothly, and the 55th Brigade, with both flanks in the air, was forced to withdraw to its original position. While the 53rd Brigade (in support) was moving up in broad daylight and in full view of the enemy, it came under heavy artillery fire, the battalion sustained numerous casualties, including 2nd Lieut.E.R.R.Peck, M.C., killed, and Lieut.Col.Hill, slightly wounded. About noon the Germans counter-attacked vigorously, retaking Cherisy after much bitter fighting and remaining in possession.”
1901 Bishop’s Hill Cottage, Bishop’s Hill, Ipswich.
Edwin was 8 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Robert Richmond Peck, 32, a Marine Surveyor, born Pin Mill, Chelmondiston, Suffolk.
Florence Emma Peck (nee Snell), 29, born Hadleigh, Suffolk.
Ivy Florence Peck, 9, born Ipswich.
Johnson Richmond Peck, 4, born Ipswich.
Olive Mildred Peck, 4, born Ipswich.
1 general domestic servant.
1911 1, Hatfield Road, Ipswich
Edwin was 18 years old, a Clerk – Corn Merchant. He was living with his parents & siblings.
Robert, 42, a Marine Surveyor.
Raymond Charles Peck, 8, born Ipswich.
Bernard Alan Peck, 4, born Ipswich.
Joan Mary Peck, 11 months, born Ipswich.
Edwin had been a zealous and useful member of the Y.M.C.A. and was Junior Secretary.
Soldiers’ Effects to Robert Richmond Peck Esq. – father.
On the 17th January 1922, from his home – 111, Ranelagh Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk. Mr Robert R. Peck applied for the medals in respect for his late son.
Edwin is also remembered at Northgate High School. Formerly Ipswich Grammar School for Boys.
image from 1916 Suffolk Chronicle and Mercury newspaper.
Image from 1916 Suffolk Chronicle and Mercury newspaper.
From the research of Graham Peck:
On the 10th May 1917 a Telegram was sent to Mr R.Peck, Chandos, Hatfield Road, Ipswich Deeply regret to inform you 2 Lieut E.R.Peck 3rd Att 8th Suffolk Reg’t was killed in action May 3rd the Army Council express their sympathy.
Secy. War Office
On the 24th May 1917 a Telegram was sent to Mr R.R.Peck
The King and Queen deeply regret the loss you and the Army has sustained by the death of your son in the Service of his Country Their Majesties truly sympathise with you in your Sorrow
Keeper of the Privy Purse
HOLY TRINITY CHURCH A Memorial Service is to be conducted in Holy Trinity Church, on Saturday, June 2nd, at 3 o’clock. This will afford an opportunity to our congregation and others, for showing sympathy with Lieutenant Peck’s family in an acute sorrow that is theirs today and may be ours tomorrow. I hope many will attend, and I suggest that it would be a compliment to the deceased officer if those who are entitled to wear a uniform, whether khaki or another, should come so dressed.
May 24th 1917. W.H.H.W.
From the Parish Magazine of Holy Trinity Church, Ipswich – June 1917 Vicar: Rev.W.H.H.Williamson
“An excellent likeness is before me of an excellent son of whom nothing could be said but what is good. I refer to 2nd Lieutenant Edwin R.Peck, of the 8th Suffolk regiment, who was ” faithful unto death” and has left a fragrant memory behind him. Beloved and admired in life, it is our lament that his name has been added to the long and sad list of those whose lives have been sacrificed in this terrible war. As a hero he served his earthly Sovereign, who rewarded him for his bravery. As a Christian he was no less recognised by all who knew him.
In January I referred to his winning the coveted Military Cross. Now he has been called to receive a Crown of Glory from another King, even a heavenly. Today I had the privilege of reading charming testimonies to his work, received by his bereaved parents, whose consent I have obtained to give extracts.
Suffolk Regiment, 8th Battalion: