The Ordinary Soldier

Harold Peacey

(b~1885) brother-in-law to Frank and Fred Harris (see their entries in Writing about the Ordinary Soldier.)

In WW1 on 25th April 1918 at Kemmel Ridge, near Ploegsteert, Harold Peacey (Driver 11798 RFA) was the “driver” of a six-horse gun team. (The “driver” sat on one of the front horses that led the team). During a withdrawal action, under heavy enemy fire, and at full gallop, he jumped the whole team together with its 18-pounder gun over a fallen tree that had blocked their way to safety.

For this feat (later fully documented by Brigadier H B Latham as “unsurpassed by any other unit of the Horse or Field Artillery in peace and war”) he was awarded the Military Medal.

(See, also, for a fuller account of the incident ‘The Battle Book of Ypres’ by Beatrix Brice – subtitled ‘A Reference to Military Operations in the Ypres Salient 1914-18’ pp 174-5.)


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Positions - 1st Battle of Ypres

Menin Gate Memorial

The curved ceiling of the Menin Gate Memorial with the rebuilt town in the distance.

Pte A. Stringer’s grave in Perth Cemetery (China Wall)

Menin Gate Panel 11

A detail of Panel 11 of the Memorial with Joe’s friend Fellowes among those without a grave.

Army map of 1st Ypres October, 1914

Army map of 1st Ypres 29th October, 1914 – source, copy in the 'In Flanders Fields Museum', with permission. Where Joseph Garvey was captured is circled.

The Scots Guards Listed on Panel 11 on the Menin Gate

The Scots Guards are listed on Panel 11 on the Menin Gate. Just some of the 58,000 fallen who could not be identified.