Collection relating to 'Peachey'

Accession Number PR04657
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet:1cm
Object type Letter, Manuscript, Newspaper cutting
Maker Unknown
Access Open
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Copying permitted subject to physical condition

Collection of 3 items relating to an unknown soldier who was born in Australia, enlisted with the British Army in 1911 as a band boy with the York and Lancaster Regimental Band, and served with the same battalion in France during the First World War before becoming a prisoner of war in Friedrichsfeld, Germany. As a permanent soldier in the British Army, he went to India in 1919 and shortly afterwards to Mesopotamia (Iraq), before being sent to Persia as part of the Dunsterforce. After his discharge from the British Army, he returned to live in Australia at the age of 27, and served with the Royal Australian Air Force, the Royal Australian Garrison Artillery, and the Australian Army Medical Corps during the Second World War. Collection consists of a 4 page handwritten, undated letter to his mother, in which he summarised his travels as a soldier and signed as being from 'Peachey'; a 6 page typed manuscript titled 'Travel Circle' providing details of his military service up until he returned to Australia; and an undated newspaper clipping containing a map of Europe during the Second World War. The unknown soldier was most likely Stanley Peachey Williams who was born in Brisbane on 2 November 1895 and had prior service with the York and Lancaster Regiment.