Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Eifion & Viv Williams
Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Leeswood
Name / Enw: Peters Edward Owen
Regiment/Catrawd: 1st/5th Bn Durham Light Infantry ( Previously Kings Liverpool Regiment and Royal Wesh Fusiliers)
Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 91416 ( RWF 77285) (KRRC 87215)
Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Niederzwehren Cemetery
Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: VIII.16
Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: Germany
Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory and British War medals
Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:
Died from illness 31 August 1918 aged 19 yrs when a prisoner of war.
Edward was born in 1900 in Leeswood, Mold, Flintshire. He was the son of Willian and Eveline Peters of Queen Street Leeswood. The 1901 census places the family there. The head of the family, William was a 30 year old joiner. His wife Eveline was 26 and their children were listed as Gertrude 6, Violet 4, Edward O 1 and Violet 1 month ( There were not two Violets. The older of them should say Gladys)
The 1911 census finds the family still at the same address. William was still a joiner, aged 40. Eveline was 36 and four children were living at home and all scholars, Gladys 14, Edward Owen 12, Violet 10 and Emily 8. The form tells us that Eveline had given birth to 6 children and they were all still alive.
Edward’s Army Service Records exist and are accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk. There is a very indistinct letter dated 18th September 1917 from the Recruiting Medical Board which seems to be instructions following a tribunal, telling him to attend for medical inspection. (Had he appealed against conscription?)
That medical took place on 2nd October 1917. The report from that tells us that he had been a grocer’s assistant and that his preferred Service was The Royal Navy (obviously ignored). He was approved for service and declared medically fit.
He arrived in France on 4th April 1918. Was reported ‘missing in the field’ on 27th May 1918. He was taken prisoner on that same day and taken to the prisoner of war camp in Cassel in Niederzwahren. He was admitted to the camp hospital on 12, August 1918 suffering from diarrhoea. He died on 31st August 1918 from dysentry. He had no personal effects and had left no ‘last directions’.
One form tells us that his mother Eveline was awarded an allowance of 7/4d payable until 3rd February 1919. The records include communications with the father concerning receipt of medals and commemorative plaque and scroll.
Grifach (?) Help Committee
Camp of Prisoners of war Cassel (Germany)
Company Section ______________
Date Sept 3/18
I regret to report the death of your son 91416 Pte Peters DLI who passed away in the camp hospital on Aug21/18.
He was buried today in the cemetery attached, the service being read by Sgt Sparge (chaplain). Many of his comrades attended his funeral.
R Pincham CCM
From:-The Colonel in Charge,
No 1 Infantry Records
To:-Mr W peters
Leeswood, Nr Mold
No 1 Infantry Record office York
With reference to your late son No 91416, Private E O Peters, 1/5th battalion, Durham Light Infantry, who was reported to have died from dysentry 31.81918, I beg to forward herewith for your custody certification of death received from Germany.
Your obedient servant
G H Leary (?) Capt
i/6.No 1 infantry Records
Notification of a case of death
in the hospital of P/W Camp Cassel in Liederzgehren
Signed: illegible. Signature of Doctor
I. Particulars of the deceased
1 Nationality British
2. Surname Peters
3. Christian name Edward Owen
4. Rank Pte
6. Date and place of birth 8.5.99 Leeswood Flintshire
7. Home address Queen Street, Leeswood nr Mold
8. County Flintshire
9. Occupation merchant
10. Religion Unknown
11. Single or married. single
II Of the wife of the deceased.
The five points are left blank as N/A
III The Father of the deceased
1. Occupation William
2. Full Christian names Unknown
(the above two clearly in the wrong order)
3. Living or deceased Living
4. Home address Queen St Leeswood, Nr Mold Flintshire
IV The Mother of deceased
1Christian name Evelyn
2.Maiden name Unknown
3.Living or deceased living
4. Home address Queen St, Leeswood, Near Mold, Flintshire
Remarks Section 24 Row 8 Grave 16
Registry Office Liederzwehren 19 November 1918
Registered under 575/1918 of the Death register.
Sgt Major and Commander of the camp
signed for Brode
1 Place and date of capture 27.5 18 Naisy
2. Date of admission 112.6.18 from the field
3. Have the relatives been notified Yes on 31st August 1918
No last directions.
Many thanks to Katrina Pipes, the Great Niece of Edward Owen Peters, who kindly shared these documents with us.