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William Arthur PEED

Regimental number954
Date of birth7 May 1889
Place of birthNorwood, Surrey, England
SchoolPalmerston North High School, New Zealand
OccupationBank clerk
AddressWairepo, via Taihape, New Zealand
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather, E T Peed, Waiepo, via Taihape, New Zealand
Enlistment date11 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Light Horse Regiment, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/12/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Newcastle, New South Wales, on board HMAT A58 Kabinga on 21 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Light Horse Regiment
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularJoined the Bank of New South Wales, Palmerston North, New Zealand, branch, March 1908. transferred to Carterton branch (as ledger keeper), October 1910; to Christchurch branch, January 1912; to Wellington branch, September 1912; to Fielding branch, October 1912; to Kawa Kawa branch (as assistant), December 1912; to Singleton, New South Wales, branch (as ledger keeper), October 1913; to Uralla branch, July 1914.
FateDied of wounds 28 March 1918
Place of death or woundingAmmon, Syria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Palestine, Syria

Lt Rupert Chapman wrote to Peed's father: ' ... It happened at the Battle of Ammon, Syria, on 28th March. We were outnumbered by at least eight to one, and were hard put to hold our own. On the 28th we were advancing on a flank movement. My own troop endeavoured to cover our retirement and were shot down; only a corporal and myselfwere left. How we got through I cannot say. Poor Billie was shot just over the hip. Poor boy, I think it was the saddest moment of my life when informed next morning he had died that night on the way to the ambulance.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Sources'Bank of New South Wales Roll of Honour' (Sydney, 1921), p. 310-11.

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