Company Quartermaster Sergeant Peter Gregory Chambers, 5578

  • Batt - 2
  • Unit - Royal Scots Fusiliers
  • Section -
  • Date of Birth - 1881
  • Died - 02/11/1914
  • Age - 33

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Source: Michael Doyle Their Name Liveth For Evermore: The Great War Roll of Honour for Leicestershire and Rutland.
He was the son of John Chambers a publican, born 1846 in Elvaston, Derbyshire and his wife Clara Chambers, (nee Gregory, married 20th February1873 in St. Mary’s Church, Boulton, Derbyshire) born 1850 in Kings Newton, Derbyshire. Peter Gregory was born in the 1st quarter of 1881 in Worthington, Leicestershire, his siblings were, John Gregory, a schoolboy, born 1874, William, a schoolboy, born 1877, Emma Louisa, born 1878 and Maria, born 1879, all his siblings were born in Breedon, Leicestershire, in April 1881 the family home was at Griffydam, Worthington and Newbold, Leicestershire. In April 1891 Peter was a schoolboy and was residing in the family home at Oxford Street, Alvaston, Derbyshire, together with his father, a labourer, his mother and siblings, John, a forge boy, Charles, a fitter’s boy, born 1875 in Breedon, Emma, a schoolgirl, Maria, a schoolgirl, Thomas, a schoolboy, born in the 2nd quarter of 1883 and Henry, a schoolboy, born 1885, the latter two siblings were both born in Worthington, and Gerald, born 1888 in Alavaston. In March 1901 Peter was absent from the family home at 85, Storer Road, Loughborough, Leicestershire, residing there was his father, a railway labourer, his mother and siblings, John, a furnace worker, Maria, a hosiery trade mender, Henry, a fitter’s apprentice, Gerald, a schoolboy and George Harold, a schoolboy, born 1892 in Alvaston. On the 15th September 1909, Peter married Alice Brown in All Saint’s Church, Loughborough, Leicestershire, Alice was born on the 18th December 1880 in Loughborough. They had a son, George Harold, born 2nd December 1910 in Yangon, Myanmar, Rangoon, India. In April 1911 Peter was serving as a Sergeant with the 1st Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers and was stationed at Roberts Heights, Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa. In 1939 Peter’s widow was residing in the family home at 65, Leopold Street, Loughborough, together with their son George, a clerk and borough treasurer, his wife Violet E., a hosiery folder, born 3rd April 1910 and Elsie B. Chambers, born 16th October 1916. Peter’s younger brother Thomas, died from wounds received in action on the 8th May 1915.
Peter’s Army enlistment documents do not survive, all that is known of his military service is that he enlisted into the Royal Scots Fusiliers, being allotted the service number 5578, and with this unit he first entered the theatre of war in France on the 6th November 1914, during the latter part of October 1914 he was wounded in action and was admitted to the Australian Voluntary Hospital, Wimereux, France, where he died from his wounds on the 2nd November 1914. Peter was a Regular soldier and had been serving in India where his son was born in December 1910, in April 1911 he was serving as a Sergeant with the 1st Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers, stationed at Roberts Heights, Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa.
On Wednesday November 4th 1914 The Leicester Daily Post published the following article under heading “LOUGHBOROUGH SOLDIER KILLED.” – News was received in Loughborough on Tuesday that Quartermaster Sergeant Peter Chambers of the Royal Scottish Fusiliers has died from wounds received in action. He leaves a widow and two children – the youngest only six weeks old – who live at 29, Moor-lane, Loughborough, and he has a sister, Mrs. Joyce at the Albert Promenade. Two of his brothers are also fighting, Private Gerald Chambers, in the Grenadier Guards, who was wounded and is now in hospital, and Private Thomas Chambers, who is in the Northumberland Fusiliers.
On Friday November 6th 1914 The Leicester Daily Post published the following article. Quartermaster-Sergt. P. Chambers, Royal Scots Fusiliers, who has died of wounds received in action. He leaves a widow and two children, who live at Moor-lane, Loughborough. (A photograph accompanied the article).

Leicestershire Project Findings
  • Conflict - World War I
  • Burial Place - I A 5, Wimereux Communal Cemetery
  • Other Memorials - Loughborough Carillon, War Memorial Bell Tower
Research from Michael Doyle's Their Name Liveth For Evermore
  • Unit - Royal Scots Fusiliers
  • Cause of death - DIED OF WOUNDS
  • Burial Commemoration - Wimereux Com. Cem., France
  • Born - Worthington, Leicestershire
  • Enlisted - Loughborough, Leicestershire
  • Place of Residence - 104 Leopold Street, Loughborough, Leicestershire, England

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