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Date of Birth
Date of Death
27 Jul 1917
War time / or Pre War occupation
Place of Birth
World War I Address
Place of Death
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Soldier or Civilian
Pte William Peck, 31136, 2nd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, is recorded as having died of wounds on July 27th, 1917, after being in action near Arras. A newspaper report at the time said widow Elizabeth, of 69 Chobham Street, Luton, was informed that her husband had been killed in action.
William had married Elizabeth Philpott at St Paul's Church, Luton, on June 24th, 1914, shortly before the outbreak of war. At the time he was a milkman working for dairyman Mr F. W. Pestell, of 17 Burr Street.
He had first become a Territorial (2741) in 1911, being stationed at Thetford and Worthing from July of that year. He was discharged after 18 months war service but rejoined the Bedfords in July 1916 and went to France a month later.
William Peck was born in Barton in 1892, the son of Leonard and Sarah Ann Peck. In the 1901 and 1911 Census returns the family are living at Little Bramingham, Leonard as a cattleman and William (in 1911) as a waggoner.
The family were later living at 13 Dordans Road, Leagrave, with the result that William is commemorated on both the Leagrave and Luton War Memorials.