Private Charles Maurice Sewell Peters

Service Army Service No. 9403
Rank Private
Regiment:Honourable Artillery Company, Infantry
Date of Birth: 1888
Born Dawlish
Date of Death: 22/04/1917
Memorial: Dawlish Memorial Inscription PETERS M. GNR. H.A.C.

Service History

A Short Service attestation survives which shows that Charles took the loyal oath before a magistrate on 6th December 1915. At that date he was living at 3 Hampton Road, Ilford. It appears that he was enlisted at the Warley Depot of the Essex Regiment on 14th November 1916. By this time he had married Ruth Mary Reed. The Marriage took place at Launceston Wesleyan Chapel on the 8th July 1916, following which “next of Kin” is shown as Ruth Mary Peters of 3 Henley Road, Ilford.

Records show that Charles Maurice Sewell Peters died of wounds received at the Battle of Arras on the 16th April and he was moved to hospital where he died on the 22nd April. He was buried in the Etaples cemetery.

He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Association with Dawlish

Charles James Phillip Peters was a Grocer in Dawlish and married to Margaret Sewell. They lived at Piermont Place in 1891 with five of their six children; Mabel Mary S, 14, Maggie Sewell, 12, Gertrude Bessie, 10, Hilda A, 7, and Charles Maurice S, 2. The children had all been born in Dawlish.

They moved to Portland Terrace and in 1901 Charles J.P.Peters was a Lodging house keeper. They had one more child, Philip Claud (1894-1967).

By 1911 they had left Dawlish for Essex and the parents were living at 3 Natal Road, Ilford with Charles Maurice Sewell Peters, aged 22, a Stockbroker's Clerk as was his younger brother Philip Claud Peters, 17.

Devon Roll of Honour Peters, Maurice, Gnr, H.A.C.
Additional Information Commonwealth War Graves Site

Next of Kin: Widow, Ruth Mary Peters
Last Known Address: 3 Henley Road, Ilford, Essex

Honourable Artillery Company cap badge

The Honourable Artillery Company, group photo and publication the website of the Honourable Artillery Company

wikipedia for 63rd Division

Birth Marriage Death refs

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UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War

UK, Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects

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