Frederick William PETERS

PETERS, Frederick William

Service Number: NX46385
Enlisted: 8 July 1940
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/17th Infantry Battalion
Born: Kurri Kurri, New South Wales, Australia, 6 July 1914
Home Town: Kurri Kurri, Cessnock, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Killed in Action, Jivevaneng, New Guinea, 10 October 1943, aged 29 years
Cemetery: Lae War Cemetery
Cemetery/memorial reference: BB. C. 3., Lae War Cemetery, Lae, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Kurri Kurri War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Private, NX46385
8 Jul 1940: Enlisted Private, NX46385
8 Jul 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, NX46385, 2nd/17th Infantry Battalion
23 Oct 1942: Involvement Private, NX46385, 2nd/17th Infantry Battalion, El Alamein
9 Oct 1943: Involvement Private, NX46385, 2nd/17th Infantry Battalion, New Guinea - Huon Peninsula / Markham and Ramu Valley /Finisterre Ranges Campaigns

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Biography contributed by Jeffrey Crisdale

"After the loss of the Knoll, the enemy had fled into the jungle to the south of the feature but were soon reorganised and mounted the first counter-attack against 10 Pl, preceded by bugle calls, whistles and yells. Before the first attack was defeated the enemy had come within 20 yds of 10 and 11 Pls with a shower of grenades and snipers' bullets from the dense undergrowth. During this attack, Pte Peters was killed by a sniper from close quarters, where he effectively manned a Bren gun in a weapon pit at least 15 feet ahead of the other members of his Section. After dusk, an attempt was made by Ptes Meredith and Brown to recover Pte Peter's body without success when Pte Brown also was killed by a sniper's bullet fired from very close range."

[Source publication: "A History of 2/17 Australian Infantry Battalion 1940-45"]