Francis Edwin PEAKE
Rank: Lance Corporal
Number: 17727
Unit: 20th Battalion MANCHESTER REGIMENT
Date of Death: 1 July 1916
Age: 25
Cemetery: Dantzig Alley British Cemetery, Mametz, Somme, France

Frank was the youngest son of Mr & Mrs Peake of Wilson Street, Ardwick, Manchester. When War was declared in August 1914, he was living in the Stockport area and worked for J D Williams & Co, in Manchester. The Company manufactured clothing at premises at 53 Dale Street.

In early November 1914, Frank went to a recruiting office near work and joined the fifth of the "Pals" battalions being formed by the Manchester Regiment. He was assigned to No. 10 Platoon in "C" Company and some details of the recruitment and training period can be found here. In December, before his army training had really got underway, he married his fiancée, Ada Foulkes, in a civil ceremony registered at Stockport.

Frank went overseas on active service in November 1915 and he was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. When his death was reported in the local newspapers, his obituary noted that Ada was living at 11 Cambridge Street, Heaton Chapel. It's not known if this was a home she and Ernest had set up or if she had returned to live with her parents while he was serving.

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