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 colours 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 demobilised, however which division and battalion he was awarded the MM for is not shown in the records so far.
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, however many of the soldiers buried there actually died of malaria rather than wounds and it is possible with Meshack that this is the case as he is listed as died rather than died of wounds or killed in action.
Post script. Some recent research has revealed a tragic end to this story. The Register of Soldier’s Effects in which the army calculated what monies were owed to deceased soldiers (now accessible on Ancestry) has a column in which they recorded the date and place of death. In this column for Meshack Peters is written..
7/9/19 Salonika (Self inflicted).
The register also tells us that Meshack’s father, Edward received £40 .. 2sh .. 5d in outstanding money owed.
How very sad.
Meshack Peters is also named on the Llanfynydd/ Ffrith memorials