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He was the son of Samuel Peach and Mary Ann Prudence Peach (nee Matthews) who were married in 1880. They had two children, William Stanley and Ernest James. Samuel was a company secretary. In 1891 Samuel (40) and Mary Ann (41) were living at 4 Clyde Villas, Meadows, with their two sons, William (6) and Ernest (2). Ten years later in 1901 they were living at 2 Patrick Road, West Bridgford; William was training to be a board teacher while Ernest was still at school. Also in the household was Mary Ann's sister, Emma Amelia Matthews (47). By 1911 Samuel and Mary Ann were living at 24 Elm Avenue, Nottingham. Both sons were still at home and their aunt, Emma, was also still living with the family. Samuel now employed a domestic servant, Ethel Elizabeth Walker Grice (22). Ernest's father died on 15 January 1918. Samuel and Mary Ann's other son, William, also served in the Sherwood Foresters and reached the rank of Lieutenant; he was in France from 29 January 1918 and was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.
He was an ironmonger. He was a member of the University College Nottingham OTC.
01 Jul 1916
808843 - CWGC Website
Second Lieutenant
7th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
7th Bn. attd. 139th Coy Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). He was a cadet in the OTC and promoted second lieutenant on 17 September 1915. He served in France from 16 February 1916. He was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme and has no known grave; he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial (Panel Reference: Pier and Face 10 C 10 D and 11 A). He qualified for the British War Medal and Victory Medal.
9210 Supplement to the London Gazette 16 September 1915: 'Cadet Ernest James Peach, from the Nottingham University College Contingent, Senior Division, Officers Training Corps, to be Second Lieutenant. Dated 17 September 1915.’ His medals were claimed by Miss M Barker of 'Dysart', Cambridge Road, South Farnborough, Hants. Probate: Peach Ernest James of 24 Elm-avenue Nottingham second-lieutenant HM Army died on or since 1 July 1916 in France or Belgium Administration (with Will) Nottingham 14 May [1918] to Muriel Barker spinster. Effects £576 12s.5d. Probate: Peach Samuel of 24 Elm-avenue Nottingham company’s director and secretary died 15 January 1918 Probate Nottingham 30 January to Mary Ann Prudence Peach widow and William Stanley Peach second-lieutenant HM Army. Effects £3400 8s 7d. Resworn £3801 10s 7d.
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