Suffolk Chronicle and Mercury newspaper Friday, 22nd February, 1918

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Registered at birth as ARTHUR STANLEY PECK

Born: 1895, Ipswich.

Died: 28th April 1917; age 22; Died of Wounds.

Date of Entry Therein: 23rd August 1914.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 8606

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star + Clasp.


Memorial Reference:IMG_6758

Bay 4.

Arras Memorial,

Pas de Calais,



(Ipswich men remembered on ARRAS MEMORIAL )


Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Charles Ernest & Sarah Jane Peck, of 2, Beaconsfield Road, Ipswich.




1901   2, Beaconsfield Road, Ipswich.


Stanley was 6 years old and living with his parents and siblings.

Charles Ernest Peck, 34, a House Painter, born Wix, Essex.

Sarah Jane Peck (nee Rush), 27, born Ipswich.

Ernest Charles Peck, 7, born Ipswich.

Dorothy Jane Peck, 4, born Ipswich.


1911   Rowland Cottage, 2, Beaconsfield Road, Ipswich.


Arthur was 16 years old, a Tannery Labourer. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Charles, 43, a House Painter.

Sarah, 37.

Ernest, 17, a Tannery Labourer – W & A.J. Turner.

Dorothy, 14.

Cecil Gordon Peck, 8, born Ipswich.

Marguerite Evelyn Peck, 4, born Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Charles E. Peck – father.


In 1914, Arthur’s brother was reported missing:

E.A.D.T. – Saturday, 3rd October 1914 – A MISSING SUFFOLKMr. Charles Ernest Peck, of 2, Beaconsfield Road, Ipswich, has received an intimation from the War Office that his son, Private Charles Ernest Peck, of the 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, has been posted as missing since the engagement at Le Cateau on the 26th August.

Charles Peck disembarked in France on the 13th August 1914 on the 26th August he was taken as a Prisoner of War and sent to Sennelager, Paderborn until the 13th December 1918. As a Repatriated Prisoner of War, he arrived at Dover on the 14th December 1918. Charles was discharged on the 17th December 1918 – no longer fit for war service. He had a Gun Shot Wound to his right foot (wounded at Le Cateau – 26th August 1914) and Rheumatism. Charles died in 1951, at Kesgrave, Suffolk.


A letter from The Front to his sister Marg:

A velvet bag with silk drawcord, bone rings and painted initials A.S.P made by Arthur Stanley Peck; presumably made when he was on active service.

250 x 270 mm. The reverse side of the bag. Stanley probably made the bag for his mother.


Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion:

The Battle of Arleux.

The 11th Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment as part of the 101st Brigade, formed an attack on Roeux chemical works on the Northern edge of the town, just south of the railway line. At 4:27 on the 28th of April 1917 the attack by the 11th began, troops pushed forward but came under heavy machinegun fire which drove the men back. A small group pushed on into the quarry on the eastern edge of the chemical works, being unsupported. At nightfall, they returned with 3 prisoners. The opening barrage had failed to destroy the machinegun posts and the enemy trenches, causing the attack to fail. The emery counter-attacked from Roeux. taking Mount Pleasant wood being part of the Ceylon trench at 9:45 a.m. The Battalion took over 300 casualties. The same fate was to happen to the 7th Battalion of the Suffolk regiment taking 190 casualties. 13 Ipswich men were killed on this day.

Suffolk Regiment Battalion movements


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