WILLIAM PECK

 

 

Born: 1893, Felixstowe, Suffolk.

Died: At sunrise 3rd December 1916; age 23; KiA – Armentieres, Lille – sniped with an explosive bullet through the forehead. William was the first casualty of the 34th Battalion.

Residence: Glennies Creek, Singleton, New South Wales, Australia.

Occupation: a Labourer.

Enlistment Details: Date: 23rd February 1916; Age: 20 years & 10 months; Religion: CofE. Next of Kin: mother – Emma Peck, 16, Green Road, Southsea, Hampshire. Height: 5ft 5 1/2ins, fresh complexion, hazel eyes & brown hair.

Embarked – Sydney – 2nd May 1916 – HMAT ‘Hororata’ A20.

Disembarked Plymouth – 23rd June 1916 – ‘Aragon’.

Proceeded overseas from Southampton to France – 21st November 1916.

 

Rank: Private; Service Number: 148

Regiment: Australian Imperial Force, Australian Infantry, 34th Battalion (Maitland’s Own).

 

Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.

 

Grave Reference:

Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery,

Armentieres,

France.

 

CENSUS

 

1901   Camden Cottages, Camden Road, Ipswich.

 

William was 8 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

William Peck, 43, a Bricklayer’s Labourer, born Walton, Felixstowe.

Emily Peck (nee Versey), 45, born Felixstowe, Suffolk.

Agnes Peck, 14, born Walton.

Ada Peck, 12, born Walton.

Charlotte Peck, 10, born Felixstowe.

Henry Peck, 5, born Trimley, Suffolk.

 

1911   60, Gibson Street, Ipswich.

 

William was 17 years old and living with his parents & brother.

William, 55, a Bricklayer’s Labourer – Builder.

Emily, 57.

Harry, 15.

 

William was educated at Nacton Road Council School, Ipswich.

 

Possible IMMIGRATION

William travelled on the S.S. ‘Irishman’ from the Port of Liverpool arriving at the Port of Sydney on the 23rd May 1914. Master – Thomas Howell.

 

On the 5th April 1917, Mrs Emma Peck received her late son’s personal effects: Photos, postcards, identity disc, pocket book, 2 religious books & belt.

Evening Star – Monday, 4th March 1912 – BOYS’ THEFT OF BEEROn Monday, 4th March 1912, at Ipswich Police Court, William Peck, a labourer, of Gibson Street, Ipswich, was summoned before the Mayor, Mr. Frederick Edward Rands, Mr. Alexander Gibb, and Mr. Philip Wyndham Cobbold, charged with stealing five bottles of beer from a railway truck on the quay, on Friday, 1st March 1912. Three of William’s friends were also charged with stealing the bottles of beer – George Webber, a labourer, of Rope Walk; Stanley Fitch, a labourer, of Gibson Street; and Samuel Farthing, a labourer, of Foundation Street.

Police-constable George Double, of the Great Eastern Railway Police, said that at 4:15 p.m. on Friday, he was on the quay watching some trucks containing beer bottles. A boy climbed up into a truck, handed a bottle down to one of the others, and put a bottle into his pocket. Two others then climbed up, and put a bottle of beer into their pockets. The boys then walked towards Patterson Road, and at the corner witness caught hold of William Peck and George Webber, but George got away. Police-constable Firman, of the Borough Force, came up at the time, and William was taken to the Police Station. When searched a bottle of beer was found in his pocket. He was charged with the theft, and William admitted the offence. Summons were issued against the other three. Altogether three bottles were recovered, but two were still missing. All four boys pleaded Guilty. Police-constable Firmansaid that frequent complaints had been received of the theft of bottled beer from the dock. Samuel Farthing was the only one in work; the other three were always loafing about the dock. William Peck, George Webber and Stanley Fitch were sent to prison for one month with Hard Labour. Samuel Farthing was bound over in the sum of 10s. with his father as security to be of good behaviour for twelve months, and to pay 10s.

 

Australian Infantry, 34th Battalion (Maitland’s Own).

Australian Infantry, 34th Battalion (Maitland’s Own).

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