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William Peck was born at Arnold in 1893, the son of Samuel and Sarah Ann Peck née Whitt of Hardstaff Yard, Arnold, Nottingham, he was educated at the British School. His father Samuel was born in 1860 , his mother Sarah Ann Whit was born in 1862 at Arnold, they were married in 1883 their marriage was recorded in the Basford Registration district, they went on to have 7 children, sadly three died in infancy or early childhood, their children were Edward b1887, Joseph b1890 and William b1893. In the 1911 Census the family are living at 2 Hardstaff Yard, Arnold and are shown as Samuel 51 yrs a general labourer, he is living with his wife Sarah 29 yrs and their children, Edward 24 yrs a brick maker, Joseph 21 yrs a coal miner hewer, and William 18 yrs a coal miner hewer also living with them is Ruth Peck 30 yrs described as a married daughter.
He was employed as a coal miner
23 Oct 1918
336238 - CWGC Website
6th Bn Leicestershire Regiment
Private William Peck enlisted at Nottingham on 19th November 1914 into the Sherwood Foresters with number 19688 (this number indicates he probably served with the 10th Battalion). He gave his age as 21 yrs and 9 months his address as Hardstaff Yard, Arnold, his occupation was that of a town labourer and his next of kin was his father Samuel. He landed in France on 29th July 1915. It is most probable that at some time he was wounded and after recovery was sent to the Base Depot at Etaples in France, where he was posted to the 6th Battalion the Leicestershire Regiment, as they were in the greatest need of reinforcements at the time. Between the 17th and the 31st of October 1918, the British smash through the German line running along the river Selle, killing many and taking some 20,000 prisoners. By the end of October the Germans have been forced back across the Scheldt River along a 20 mile front and the pressure on the Germans is continued without a break. It was in this offensive that William was killed in action when pressing forward towards the German lines on the 23rd October 1918. He is buried at the Ovillers New Communal Cemetery, Solesms, France
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