FRANK JAMES PECK

Born: 1888, Eye, Suffolk.

Died: 17th July 1916; age 27; Died of Wounds.

Occupation: Clerk – Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies, Orwell Works, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Colchester, Essex.

Date of Entry Therein: 14th November 1915 – France.

 

Rank: Private; Service Number: PS/7375.

Regiment: Royal Fusiliers, London Regiment, No. 1 Coy, 13th Battalion.

 

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.

 

Grave Reference:

II.D.47.

Heilly Station Cemetery,

Mericourt-L’Abbe,

Somme,

France.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Fourth son of Edward Henry & Mary Peck, of Langton Grove, Eye, Suffolk, and sister of Mrs. Eva Mary Adams, of Trewoale, P.O. Sask, Canada.

 

CENSUS

 

1891   Langton Green, Eye, Suffolk.

 

Frank was 2 years old and living with his parents, brothers & maternal aunt.

Edward Henry Peck, 47, a Farmer, born Eye, Suffolk.

Mary Jane Peck (nee Wakelin), 35, born Great Ashfield, Suffolk.

Edward Samuel Peck, 8, born Eye.

John Peck, 7, born Eye.

William Henry Peck, 5, born Eye.

Julia Wakelin, born Great Ashfield.

1 cook

1 housemaid.

 

1901   Langton Green, Eye, Suffolk.

 

Frank was 12 years old and living with his widowed father, siblings & maternal aunt.

Edward, 57, a farmer and employer.

Edward, 18, a Farmer’s Son.

John, 17, a Farmer’s Son.

William, 15.

Eva Mary Peck, 10, born Eye.

Anthony Wakelin Peck, 4, born Eye.

Alice Wakelin, 37, the Housekeeper, born Great Ashfield.

1 governess

1 cook

1 housemaid.

 

1911   Robin’s Nest, Dallinghoo, Suffolk.

Frank was 22 years old, a Mercantile Clerk – Engineering. He was visiting his sister at the home of her employer, Lynda Blake.

Eva, 20, a Governess.

 

Frank was educated at Eye Grammar School.

 

On the 28th February 1897, Frank’s youngest brother, Sidney Wakelin Peck died at Langton Grove, Eye. He was aged 4 years and eight months.

 

Frank’s mother, Mary Jane Peck, died March 1897, Langton Green, Eye. His father, Edward Henry Peck, died April 1909, Langton Green, Eye.

On the 1911 census, Frank’s siblings were separated and living with relatives, had found employment or were attending Framlingham College.

William Samuel Peck (1812-1880), Mayor of Eye. Image courtesy of Eye Town Council. Artist William Short
1827–1921.

Frank’s paternal grandfather, Samuel Peck, of Langton Grove Farm, was born in 1812, in Brockford, Suffolk. He was a farmer and land owner of over 650 acres, employing up to 30 men and 15 boys. He often won awards for his wheat crop and cows. Samuel was a respected townsman, with very unassuming manners and very few words, but actively helped all around him and everything that deserved and needed help, he did everything that could be done in support of projects and institutions which were for the benefit of the public. As a politician, Samuel was a firm and consistent supporter of the Conservative cause, and as a partisan, he commanded the respect of his opponents by fair and candid opposition. Samuel served as Mayor of Eye seven times; he was also an alderman of the borough of Eye. Samuel served as guardian of the poor, churchwarden, governor of the Eye Grammar School, director of the Eye Railway Company, chairman of the Eye Gas Company, and Justice of the Peace for the borough of Eye. Samuel died in November 1880, at Langton Grove Farm.

In April 2018, a painting of Samuel Peck was vandalised when Eye Town Hall was broken into. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-43627173

Frank’s father, Edward Henry Peck, was an extensive farmer at Langton Grove Farm and the Abbey Farms. In 1882, Edward was elected a member of the Eye Town Council, he was also an Alderman for several years. He was a Governor of Eye Grammar School and a trustee of the Eye municipal charities. Edward hosted on his land the Eye Exhibition and Horticultural Show and Public Luncheon, just before his death in April 1909, he was elected a patron of the Eye Horticultural Society. In July 1909, the show continued with the permission of his executors. Edward also played host to the Eye Colt Show, and the cricket, football, hockey, and tennis clubs, for all of which he provided a meadow, and assisted in every possible way.

 

Probate to Eva Mary Peck – sister, of Wetherden, Suffolk.

 

Soldiers’ Effects to Eva M. Adams (wife of Hugh David Adams, a Private, 908146, for the 195th Overseas Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force) – sister.

 

Frank is also remembered by Ransomes Sims & Jefferies, Ipswich on their Orwell Works War Memorial.

 

Framlingham Weekly News – 16th February 1901

 THE BOY AND THE AIR GUN

On Monday afternoon a little boy named Frank Peck, son of Alderman Peck, of Langton Grove, Eye, met with a serious accident. The little fellow had with him in the yard an air gun, and seeing a bird fly into the stable, went in and fired the gun. It is surmised that this so frightened one of the horses that it kicked him on the head, inflicting serious injuries. One of the men went into the stable a while afterwards and found the little fellow lying unconscious. Dr. E.G. Barnes was soon in attendance, and it is to be hoped that the injuries will not be of such serious nature as at first thought.

 

Royal Fusiliers, London Regiment, No 1 coy, 13th Battalion

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