Private Albert Peacock

Regiment:  Royal Sussex, 2nd Battalion, 1st Division
Service No: G/15959
Date & place of birth: Oct-Dec 1879, Petworth
Date & place of death: 23 October 1918, Western Front

It was tragic for the Peacock family that, having lost brother Reginald in April 1918, Albert should also have been killed so close to the end of the war.

Family background

Albert Peacock was born in Petworth in 1879, the son of George and Caroline Peacock. George was a labourer/sawyer in the 1881 census and a carpenter’s labourer in 1901. They were living at Limbo Farm on the Guildford Road in 1901. George died in 1902. They had a large family, with other sons Harry, Albert, Arthur Thomas, Edmund George, William, Reginald and Samuel, and daughters Edith, Mary and Clara. In 1911 Albert was a Leconfield estate general labourer living with the family at Limbo Farm.

Military service

Private Peacock enlisted in Petworth to the Royal Sussex Regiment. During the latter part of 1918 the regiment was involved in the final push for victory, including the battles of Epehy, the St Quentin Canal, Beaurevoir, the Selle and the Sambre.

Death & commemoration

Private Albert Peacock was killed in action on the Western Front on 23 October 1918, aged 39. He is buried in the Highland Cemetery, Le Cateau and commemorated on the Vis en Artois Memorial, MR16. He was awarded the Victory and British medals.

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