Private/Corporal Clifford Fred Peel
Born. Leeds, 1895.
Killed in Action. 1/7/1916.
Clifford Fred Peel was the eldest of four children born to Lucy and Harry Peel, an Engine/Machine fitter (Died 20/7/1899 aged 32) The family home was 39, Leigh Street, Leeds.
Clifford joined the pals at Colsterdale on the 3rd of October 1914 and served with 9 section,15 Platoon, D company at Colsterdale, Egypt and France.
His brother Harry also enlisted with the pals in Mid 1915 and after the war he told the story that shortly before the Battle of the 1st of July, he was somewhere near Clifford in the forward trenches and asked permission to visit him, for whatever reason this was denied and he never got to see his brother again.
A few lines from Clifford's letters to his Mother just before his death;
"They occasionally throw a few shells near, but have done no damage yet"
"We heard about Lord Kitchener, its a sad blow to the nation"
And from his last letter home;
Yes I guess I would like to know when leave will be coming my way, I am very anxious I can tell you, but I suppose have to leave that for the fates to decide"
He is buried with many of his Pals in Serre number 3 Cemetery, The Somme, France.