William Edward PEACHMAN

PEACHMAN, William Edward

Service Numbers: 1755, 6125
Enlisted: 18 May 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 17th Infantry Battalion
Born: Hartley Vale, Blue Moutains, New South Wales, Australia, 1 July 1895
Home Town: Broadmeadows, Clarence Valley, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Wheeler
Died: Mg Bullet To Back & Or Leg As A Pow, Lagnicourt, France, 15 April 1917, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Valenciennes (St. Roch) Communal Cemetery
Plot IV, Row D, Grave 17, St Roch Communal Cemetery, Valenciennes, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Kurri Kurri Methodist Church Roll of Honor, Kurri Kurri War Memorial, Pelaw Main Public School Memorial Gates
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World War 1 Service

18 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1755, 17th Infantry Battalion
28 Jul 1915: Embarked Private, 1755, 17th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Suffolk, Sydney
28 Jul 1915: Involvement Private, 1755, 17th Infantry Battalion
28 Sep 1916: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, 6125, 17th Infantry Battalion
29 Sep 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 6125, 17th Infantry Battalion
25 Oct 1916: Embarked Private, 6125, 17th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Sydney
25 Oct 1916: Involvement Private, 6125, 17th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery

Memorialised at Sandgate Cemetery.

On the 15th April 1917, Private William Edward Peachman, 17th Battalion (Lewis Machine Gunner, Reg No-1755 & 6125), wheeler from Coronation Street, Kurri Kurri, New South Wales and Broadmeadow, N.S.W., was Killed in Action at the Battle of Lagnicourt, age 21 years 9 months.

Born at Hartley Vale, New South Wales about 1895 to Edward Robert (died 1930) and Charlotte Ann (died 1953) Peachman nee Williams of Pelaw Main, N.S.W. and 20 Hargreaves Street, Carrington, N.S.W., William enlisted May 1915 at Liverpool, N.S.W.

William is resting at Valenciennes (St Roch) Communal Cemetery, France. Plot IV Row D Grave 17.

Mr Peachman’s name has been inscribed on the Kurri Kurri War Memorial, Kurri Kurri Superior Public School Roll of Honour (photo courtesy of Keiran Jeffriess, unveiled on the 2nd March 1918, 153 names inscribed, 20 Fallen), Pelaw Main Public School and Citizens' Roll of Honour Gates, Kurri Kurri Methodist Church Roll of Honour, Kurri Kurri Amateur Bicycle Club Roll of Honor and The Capt. Clarence Smith Jeffries (V.C.) and Pte. William Matthew Currey (V.C.) Memorial Wall.

William has been memorialised on the headstone at his parent’s gravesite, and I have place poppies in remembrance of his service and supreme sacrifice for God, King and Country. ANGLICAN 2-146. 50.

Older brother John Theodore (31st Battalion and 2nd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Reg No-2163, born 1892, died 4.5.1958, Lambton, N.S.W.) also served 1st A.I.F.

Lest We Forget.