Frank Peacock

Frank Peacock ©

Frank Peacock ©

Date of birth: 27th September 1892
Place of birth: Leith, Edinburgh
Service No.: Not known
Rank: Private
Became a Second Lieutenant and served in the Indian Army Reserve of Officers,  attached to the 84th Punjabis.
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 1st / 5th
Died: 3rd December 1918 aged 26 years
Death location: India




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Life before the War
Frank’s father, John Benjamin, was born 1859 in Bishop Auckland, Durham and died in 1932.  He left a Probate naming his wife:

“Peacock John Benjamin of 25 Beckway Road Norbury Surrey died 1 June 1932. Administration (with Will) London 23 July 1932 to Sarah Jane Peacock widow. Effects £148 5s”

His Mother, Sarah Jane, nee Buddle, was born in 1862, Durham.  Sarah and John married in 1883 in the district of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Frank had 5 siblings, although details from the 1911 census return shows that there were 8 children in total but two had died at a young age. The surviving children were:

Florence Gertrude b.1884 in Gateshead, Durham

Alfred Buddle b.1888, Scotland.  Married Alice Catherine. Their son Gordon Alfred age 18, was a WW2 civilian death. Alfred died in1959 leaving a Probate:

“Peacock Alfred Buddle of Myris Paignton Road Millbrook Southampton died 31 January 1959. Probate Winchester 13 May 1959 to William George James Wilkins plasterer. Effects £2561 12s”

Henry Albert b.1891 in Scotland.  Married Patience Caroline Hart on 18th August 1918 in St Jude’s Church, Islington, Middlesex by licence.  Henry gave his occupation on the Parish Certificate as a Soldier.  London parish records can be found on the Ancestry website.

Winifred Maud b. 1900 Southampton

Edith May b.1902 Southampton

Sometime between 1891 and 1901 the family moved from Scotland to Southampton. They lived at 148 St. Mary’s Street which was a Hosiers Shop and also their home.  John was a Clothiers Manager; it was not his own business but he was employed here. Daughter Florence worked at the Board School as a Teacher Apprentice.

The family were still living at the same address in 1911 but John’s occupation was now Tailor – Shop Assistant.  Florence had qualified as a Teacher and was employed by the Town Council, Alfred was working for a Builder’s Firm as a House Painter, Henry was a Boot Maker and Shop Assistant, whilst Frank was a Student Teacher with the Town Council.  On the census return John and Sarah Jane confirmed that they had had eight children but two had died.


War Service

When Frank died, there was a Probate which named his father John Benjamin:

“Peacock Frank of 58 Cromwell Road Southampton temporary second lieutenant India Army attached 84th Punjabis India. Administration Winchester 26 September 1919 to John Benjamin Peacock clothier’s assistant manager. Effects £117 7s 4d”


Old Tauntonians’ Memorial Roll

Time at Taunton’s School: 1906 – 1911

Education and Employment: Frank was born on 27th September 1892 in Leith, Edinburgh. His academic success at Taunton’s led to further study at St Paul’s College in Cheltenham after which he worked as a student teacher.

Life during the war: Frank was a keen athlete – at school he completed the mile in 4 minutes, 47 seconds. He was also a member of St Laurence Choir. Frank went to India in October 1914 as a Private with the 1st/5th Hampshire Regiment. He became Second Lieutenant and served in the Indian Army Reserve of Officers, attached to the 84th Punjabis. He died in hospital at Cawnpore, India and is buried in Cawnpore Cantonment New Cemetery.

 Frank died on 3rd December 1918 aged 26 years.

Frank is Remembered with Honour at the Cawnpore Cantonment New Cemetery, India.  The Memorial Register has published two accounts for this person:

 “Peacock, 2nd Lt. F. I.A. reserve of Officers, attd 84th Punjabis. 3rd Dec., 1918. Grave/Plot Row Reference 2. B. 5”

 “Peacock, 2nd Lt. F. Indian Army Reserve of Officers, attd 84th Punjabis. 3rd December, 1918. Face 30. Buried in Cawnpore Cantonment New Cemetery”

Note: After researching military records for this person no further details could be found concerning his war service.  The Commonwealth War Graves Commission does not have a photo of the cemetery at the moment.


Researcher: Becky Lonergan
Published: 14th August 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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