Meshack Peters was born around 1893 in Hope Flintshire. We first see Meshack in the 1901 census where he is living with his family in Cymau. The family consist of his parents Edward, age 39 and Sarah 36, brother William 18 Meshack 8, sisters Sarah J 14 Rosella 11 Elerd (Clara possibly)8 months. Both Edward and his Son William are coal miners.
The 1911 census the family are living in Plasmain Cottages Cefn Y bedd. Edward Peters remains the head of the family; he is 49 years old and continues as a coal miner. Sarah Ellen is 47 years old; the couple have been married for 27 years, having seven children, six of whom survive. Son William Albert is now 26, single and working as a coal miner. Mesheck is 18, single and a coal waggoner. Mary E Peters is 15, single and ‘assisting at home’, Clara is 10 years old and at school, a grandson Thomas L Peters is also present on this census return, he is 4 years old.
The military records on www.ancestry.co.uk for Meshack consist of a listing of ‘UK Soldiers died in the great war’ were he is listed as been born in Hope Flintshire, residing in Wrexham and having joined up with the colors in Caergwrle Denbigh. Curiously he is listed as a private in the 11th battalion RWF however in his medal record he is listed as being a Corporal and a Lance Corporal, it also shows his entry into war on 27th September 1915 in France and received all three WW1 medals.
A Flintshire Record Office card shows he was awarded the Military Medal for gallant conduct on 2 and 3rd March 1916 and that he was demobilized, however which division and battalion he was awarded the MM for is not shown in the records so far. However a listing the The London Gazette on 10th October 1016 includes a listing for 15109 Cpl. M Peters RW Fus being awarded the MM.
Obviously he must have returned to active service as he is listed as died in Salonika Greece on 7th September 1918 as part of the 11th battalion RWF and is buried in Karasouli Military Cemetery.
Using www.ancestry.co.uk and the search function, UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929, Meshack’s name can be found, with the note that his death was ‘Self Inflicted’. The effects of £40 2s. and 4d. was authorized to be paid to his father Edward on 10/05/1919