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Alfred Peers was born in Preston and enlisted into the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment in Chorley. He was posted into the 6th (Service) Battalion with the number 18789.

Whilst in training attached to the 3rd Battalion in the UK, Alf wrote the following letter to his family (sic);

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Felixstowe, May 26th (1915)

Dear Farther and Mother,

I write a few lines hopeing you and all at home is in best of Health as it leaves me at present. Well I am very glad to here that the mill is on full time Mr Charnock as been home and Willie will have landed home by the time you get this letter. I think they have all been home to Chorley only me but I am expecting landing my week now for there is a big draft going to go to out to the front there is thirty men to be pick out of our Company so I think I shall be one but if I cant get home I bet they dont send. I think there will be a big move with the troops in Felixstowe this next month for nearly all the men is trained now so I will say no more this time, from your son Alf.

On 15th June 1915, Private Peers sailed overseas as part of Expeditionary Force Egypt/ Mediterranean.  He would have seen service in Gallipoli before the battalion moved to Mesopotamia in early 1916.

He sent another letter from the front (only one page has survived);

… sixteen days up to day. Well I am sorry to hear about Jack (Bamber) being killed. I saw is poste in the Chorley Guardian he used to be one of my best pals before I got married. Well I am glad to here our Charlie is in England yet I only wish I was there for it is nothing [but] murder out here it is enough to make a man go of his head when the shells is flying from one enemy to another. But never mind I am keeping my heart up and hope…

On 26th August 1916, Alfred was reported to be missing. He was later presumed dead for official purposes.alfredpeers

The circumstances surrounding his death are somewhat unclear;

On 25th August the Battalion had left Sheikh Saad marching towards Amara. They marched through Dawwayah, Ali Gharbi, Sufait, Mukarramat, Ali-es Sharqi, Tannaz, Dar-al-Faratisha and Mikala – arriving at Amara on 3rd September. This march was conducted under a very great heat, some days as high as 124F in the shade.

Private Alfred Peers is remembered with honour on the Basra Memorial. His next of kin would have received the 1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, the Memorial Plaque and the Memorial Scroll.

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It is thought that Alf Peers is the shorter man in uniform stood on the left behind his daughter May, born September 1913


Rank: Private
Service No: 18789
Date of Death: 26/08/1916
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 6th Bn.
Memorial: BASRA MEMORIAL

Unfortunately his service papers appear not to have survived.

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