Topic: Albert Gordon Peck

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Albert Gordon Peck was a First World War soldier with links to Sumner.

Albert was born c. 1894 in Sumner, Christchurch. He was the youngest of two children from parents Albert James Gordon Peck (also known as James) and Isabella Peck, nee Whelan. His father, James, worked and lived for a time on the West Coast, at one point as brewer's assistant then later as a miner in the open cast mines. James eventually moved to Christchurch and married Isabella in 1893.

 James and Isabella had a house on 77 Arnold Street in Sumner. Albert lived with his parents and older brother Oliver at the Sumner address up until the untimely death of their father James. The two boys then moved with their mother Isabella to live for a short time in a house near the sandhills in Burwood. Albert then returned to Sumner with his mother to take up residence at 46 Campbell Street — Isabella continued to live at this address during and after WWI.

Before enlisting in the war in August of 1915, Albert worked as a farmhand at Manutahi in Taranaki, under Mr. Albert Cadman. He was recruited by the military at the rank of Private and served as a Rifleman in the New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 2nd Battalion.

At the time of enlistment, military medical personnel described Albert as five feet five and a half inches, with dark hair and brown eyes. He was a strong lad of physical build, owing, no doubt, to his profession as a farm worker.

Albert first shipped out from the port of Wellington (possibly aboard the Willochra or Tofua) on the 13th of November 1915. He was destined for Belgium, where he served in F company as a part of the 2nd reinforcements to the 2nd Rifle Battalion.

Sadly, it was the fields of Belgium where Albert met his end. Albert was killed in action on the 8th of June 1918. In addition to the memorial plaque on the façade of Matuku Takotako Sumner Centre, Albert Gordon Peck is commemorated at the Messines Ridge (N.Z.) Memorial in the West-Vlaanderen region of Belgium.


Related Resources:

Online Cenotaph record for Albert Gordon Peck Auckland War Memorial Museum


FOR KING AND COUNTRY. Star, Issue 12052, 6 July 1917


NEGLECTED CHILDREN. Star, Issue 7149, 13 July 1901


SUMNER RIPPLES. Star, Issue 12047, 30 June 1917



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Albert Gordon Peck

First Names:Albert
Last Name:Peck
Place of Birth:Sumner