Harold was recorded on war records as HAROLD EDWARD PEAKE.


Born: 1894, Ipswich.

Died: 12th February 1917; age 23; KiA.

Residence: 128, Richmond Road, 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: Rifleman; Service Number: B/200204

Regiment: The Rifle Brigade, 10th Battalion.

Formerly 6151, 3/8th London Regiment.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Memorial Reference:

Pier & Face 16B & 16C.

Thiepval Memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Youngest son of Arthur & Kate Peake; husband of Ivy Mildred Peake, of 128, Richmond Road, Ipswich.






1901   65 & 67, St. Matthew’s Street, Ipswich.


Harold was 7 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Arthur Peake, 40, a Fish Merchant & Butcher – own account, born Burstall, Suffolk.

Catherine Julia Peake (nee Green), 36, born Bramford, Suffolk.

Ernest Edward Peake, 11, born Ipswich.

Ellen Louisa H. Peake, 9, born Ipswich.

Lily Louise Peake, 8, born Ipswich.

1 general domestic servant.


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


Harold was 17 years old, Assisting in the family business. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Arthur, 50, a Butcher & Fish Merchant – employer.

Catherine, 46, Assisting in the Business.

Arthur Walter Peake, 23, Assisting in the Business, born Ipswich.

Ernest, 21, Assisting in the Business.

Ellen, 19, Assisting in the Business.

Lily, 18, Assisting in the Business.


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.

Harold’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.

Harold’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.


In 1915, Ipswich, Harold married Ivy Mildred Smith, a dressmaker, born August 1891, in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire – daughter of Alfred Willis Smith and Mary Elizabeth Smith (nee Maurer), of 57, Richmond Road, Ipswich.

Ivy and Harold had one son:

Harold Edward Peake, born March 1917, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Ivy M. Peake – widow.


Harold is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Matthew’s Church, Ipswich.


The Rifle Brigade, 10th Battalion

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