Born: 14th June 1886, Kilkenny, Ireland.
Died: 30th March 1916; age: 29; KiA.
Enlistment: Date: 16th October 1903; Location: Plymouth.
Regiment: Royal Marine Light Infantry; Service Number: 12294.
Enlistment: Location: Blackdown; Date: 28th September 1909; Age: 22 years & 3 months; Occupation: Designer; Religion: Roman Catholic. Height: 5ft & 6 ins, fresh complexion, blue eyes, brown hair. Tattoo – Shamrock ‘Son of Eire’ on left forearm.
Claimed the benefit of the King’s Pardon having confessed to having improperly enlisted into the York & Lancaster Regiment as Private, service number 9657 – 23rd May 1910.
Discharged for mis-conduct 23rd August 1910 – served 330 days. Intended to reside at Royal Sailor’s Rest, Devenport, Devon.
Date of Entry Therein: 10th October 1914.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 3/9316.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.
1891 Raylan Barracks (married quarters), Stoke Damerel, Devon.
Peter was 4 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Peter McNamee, 29, a Lance Sergeant – Sherwood Foresters – Infantry, born Mhow,
Madhya Pradesh, India.
Sarah McNamee (nee Larkin), 24, born Athlone, Ireland.
George Patrick McNamee, 2, born Kilkenny, Ireland.
Rose McNamee, 3, born Kilkenny.
John Joseph McNamee, 6 months, born Devon, Devonshire.
1911 102, Wherstead Road, Ipswich.
Peter was 24 years old, a General Labourer – Iron Works. He was a Boarder at the home
of 45 year old, widow, Alice Tunstall & her family.
Soldiers’ Effects to Peter McNamee – father.
BRAVE SUFFOLK’S LAST TASK
Mrs. Motroni, 14, Permit Office Street, Ipswich, has been notified of the death of her son, Private Peter Motroni, 2nd Suffolk Regiment. Lieut. C.J. Moss writes:- “It is with the deepest regret and sympathy that I am writing to inform you of the death of your son. He was killed by the bursting of a shell whilst carrying the wounded from the field to the doctors. Your son was a good worker and by his death I lose one of my best men.”
Writing to Mrs. Motroni, Private Peter McNamee, of the same regiment, says:- “I can honestly say that the loss of his services is keenly felt, both by N.C.O.’s and men, and I thought preharps you would like to know that he suffered no pain whatsoever. A party of his comrades laid him to rest with all due respect in a peaceful burial-ground close by his headquarters, the service being conducted by Col. Clifford, an Irishman and a Catholic, and his grave will be registered by the Graves Registration Committee. He met his death in the most glorious way whilst in the execution of his duty in bringing down the wounded on the night of July 19th. Before we left the burial-ground a French Socialist comrade approached his grave, and, blessing himself, reverently laid some flowers on. I know this will be a terrible to you all, but you must comfort yourself with the knowledge that he died a devout Catholic, manfully performing his duty in the best interest of the State and for the emancipation of the world from the cursed yoke of Prussian militarism.”
Peter is also remembered on the Orwell Works Memorial Ransomes Sims & Jefferies Ipswich.
Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion