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Lawrence PEEL

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Surname: PEEL

Forename(s): Lawrence

Place of Birth: Clitheroe, Lancashire

Service No: ---

Rank: Captain

Regiment / Corps / Service: Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 2nd Battalion, commanding 7th Division Cyclist Coy

Division: 7th Division

Age: 30

Date of Death: 1914-10-24

Awards: M.I.D.

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 33.

CWGC Cemetery: ---

CWGC Memorial: YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: NEWTON-IN-BOWLAND, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: SLAIDBURN, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Lawrence Peel was the son of William and Meliora Sybella Peel, née Phillpotts. William was born at Paddington, Middlesex and Meliora at St. Marychurch, Devon.

1891 Lytham, Lancashire Census: Queens Hotel, Central Beach - Lawrence Peel, aged 6 years, born Clitheroe, Lancashire, son of William and Meliora Sybella Peel.

1901 Winchester, Hampshire Census: 11, Edgar Road - Laurence Peel, aged 16 years, born Clitheroe, Lancashire. [Lawrence and his younger brother, William Ralph Peel, were students of Winchester College.]

1911 Greatham, Hampshire Census: Longmoor Camp, East Liss - Lawrence Peel, aged 26, Captain, 2nd Yorkshire Regiment, born Clitheroe, Lancashire.

Lawrence was married to Ethel Laura Brooks in 1912.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Capt L. Peel, 2nd A.P.W.O. Yorkshire Regiment. Disembarkation Returns: 5 October 1914. Reported missing, 24 October 1914. Correspondence: The Honble Mrs. L. Peel applies for 1914 Star on behalf of her husband (missing). Further letter from the Hon. Mrs. L. Peel, 12 November 1919. Address: Whatton, Loughborough, Leicestershire.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Capt L. Peel, 2nd Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment M.I.D. London Gazette 17 February 1915 page 1661.

Lawrence is commemorated in the War Cloister at Winchester College.

Photograph courtesy of ‘The Warden and Scholars of Winchester College’.

A short biography of Lawrence is included in: ‘In Love, In Gratitude, In Remembrance - Remembering the Men & Women of Slaidburn, Newton in Bowland, Dunsop Bridge, Dale Head & Tosside’ by Margaret Brenchley (2018).

Data Source: Local War Memorial

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---

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Captain Lawrence PEEL

Captain Lawrence PEEL

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 7th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 7th Division

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Surname: PEEL

Forename(s): Lawrence

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Rank: Capt

Regiment: Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

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Died Date: 24/10/14

Died How: Killed in action

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Surname: PEEL

Forename(s): Lawrence

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number:

Rank: Captain

Regiment: Yorkshire Regiment

Unit: Cdg. 7th Div. Cyclist Coy.

Age: 30

Awards:

Died Date: 23/10/1914

Additional Information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. William Peel, of Knowlmere Manor, Clitheroe; husband of the Hon. Mrs. L. Peel (now the Hon. Mrs. Martin, of The Brand, Loughborough, Leicestershire).

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England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966

1919

PEEL Lawrence of Knowlemere Manor Clitheroe Lancashire died on or since 24 October 1914 in France Probate London 10 December to the Hon. Ethel Laura Peel widow. Effects £1088 8s. 11d.

THE GREEN HOWARDS IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919, by Colonel H.C. Wylly, C.B.(Richmond, Yorkshire 1926)

THE 2nd BATTALION 1914
THE OPENING OF THE WAR AND THE FIRST BATTLE OF YPRES

… Another officer of the Regiment who fell in this battle and whose loss was very deeply mourned was Captain L. Peel, then serving with the divisional cyclist company. On the night of the 23rd October, this company was ordered to attack a farm on the 20th Brigade front, between Gheluvelt and Klein Zillebeck, occupied by enemy machine gunners and snipers. Captain Peel made a preliminary personal reconnaissance and then attacked the farm, entering the building, but finding it too strongly defended to be held. The attackers had to fall back, but the last seen of Captain Peel, he was wounded but fighting hand to hand in the midst of the enemy, his sword in one hand and revolver in the other…

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Captain Lawrence Peel

Captain Lawrence Peel

Courtesy of ‘The Warden and Scholars of Winchester College’

Captain Lawrence Peel

© IWM (HU 127744)

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