William is not remembered on the war memorial at Christchurch Park.


Born: 12th March 1879, St. Clement’s, Ipswich.

Died: 31st May 1917; age: 38; KiA north of Neuville-St.-Vaast – supplying parties to the forward area.

Occupation: a Farm Labourer.

Enlistment Location: Sewell Camp, Manitoba, Canada; date; 9th July 1915; age: 36 years & 3 months; religion: CofE. Height: 5ft 8 1/4ins, ruddy complexion, blue eyes & dark brown hair. Next of Kin: Brother – John Frederick Peck, of 4, Rye View, Rye, East Sussex.



Joined on enlistment 46th Battalion – 9th July 1915 – transferred 52nd Battalion – 21st October 1915.

Unit sailed for England 23rd November 1915.

Arrived in England – 8th December 1915.

Embarked to France 20th February 1916.

Landed in France – 21st February 1916.

Admitted to No 9 Canadian Field Ambulance – Gun Shot Wound – 3rd November 1916 – next of kin notified 20th November 1916.

Rejoined unit 11th November 1916

Admitted to No 9 Canadian Field Ambulance – PU.O – Trench Fever – 22nd December 1916.

To command as Stenographer – 26th January 1917.

Rejoins unit 28th January 1917.

As a Clerk – 12th February 1917

Rejoins unit 6th March 1917.

Admitted to No 6 Convalescent Depot – 28th April 1917.

Discharged 4th May 1917.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 439909.

Regiment: Canadian Regiment, Manitoba regiment, 52nd Battalion.


Grave Reference:


La Targette British Cemetery,

Aux Rietz,

Pas de Calais,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mr. & Mrs. John Peck, of Leiston, Suffolk.




1881   44, Fore Street, St. Clement’s, Ipswich.


William was 2 years old and living at his widowed paternal grandfather’s house with his parents & sister.

Samuel Peck, 56, a Cabinet Maker – employing 1 apprentice, born Dovercourt, Essex.

John Peck, 30, a Cabinet Maker, born Ipswich.

Emma Sarah Ann Peck (nee Pudan), 32, born Ipswich.

Annie Pudan Peck, 11, born Wickham Market, Suffolk.

Bessie Emma Peck, 5, born Ipswich.

1 general domestic servant.


1891   Dinsdale Road, Leiston, Suffolk.


William was 12 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

John Peck, 40, an Accountant.

Emma, 42.

Bessie, 15 – died 1895, Leiston.

Gertrude Alice Peck, 9, born Ipswich – died 1898, Leiston.

John Frederick Peck, 6, born Leiston.

Mabel Alice Peck, 5, born Leiston.

Daisy Ethel Peck, 4, born Leiston.

Harold Robert Peck, 2, born Leiston.

Frank Russell Peck, 1 born Leiston.

Winifred Emily Peck, 2 months, born Leiston.


1901   High Street, Leiston, Suffolk.


William was 22 years old, an Agricultural Engineer’s Draughtsman. He was living with his parents & siblings.

John, 50, an Agricultural Engineer’s Clerk.

Emma, 51.

John, a Pupil Teacher – National School.

Mabel, 15, a Pupil Teacher – National School.

Daisy, 14.

Harold, 12.

Russell, 11.

Winifred, 10.


William’s father, John Peck died in 1907, on the day of the funeral service, William’s mother Emma Sarah Ann Peck died at her home at Leiston, Suffolk.


Probate to John Frederick Peck – brother, a School Master, of Post Office Square, Leiston, Suffolk.


William’s Memorial Plaque was despatched on the 5th August 1921 and the Scroll on the 1st April 1921. They were sent along with William’s medals to his brother – John Frederick Peck, of 40, Astley Avenue, Dover, Kent.

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