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Alfred Henry Peacock (1898-1973)


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Alfred Henry Peacock (1898-1973)


Peacock, Alfred Henry


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Biographical Text

No.72604  Alfred Henry Peacock
Alfred Henry Peacock was born on 24 July, 1898 to William Peacock and Lottie Tampling in Footscray, Victoria. William and Lottie married in 1894 and a year later, welcomed their first child, Ada. Alfred was one of five children in the family:

  • Ada - born c1895
  • Ernest - born c1896
  • Elsie - born c1901
  • Stanley - born 1910
The family resided in the Laverton area in Melbourne, Victoria. 19-year-old Alfred was single at time of his enlistment in Werribee on 21 June, 1918 and resided in the nearby suburb of Laverton.  He had successfully passed the Light Horse Giding Test and volunteered for service in Egypt. His regular occupation was listed as driver and he was of the Presbyterian faith.

War Service
On 8 August 1918, consent to join the service with no objections and verification of Alfred’s date of birth was given by both of Alfred’s parents, William and Lottie Peacock. Their eldest son and Alfred’s brother Ernest, was already serving in the AIF. Alfred was a slight man, being described as 5 foot, 4 inches in height and weighing 140 lbs, with chest measurements of 32/36 inches. He sported a dark complexion and had brown eyes and light brown hair. His medical examination found him to have a scar below his right knee as well as a distinctive mark on his left arm.

After successfully completing this examination, Alfred was appointed to the Recruit Depot Battalion, in Broadmeadows, for training. Alfred enlisted with the service toward the end of the conflict and due to this, there is no record of him leaving Australian soil or being involved in any wartime conflict.  Alfred was discharged from service on 24 December, 1918 after the war had ended in early November. He was discharged due to demobilisation of the AIF.

In 1926, Alfred married Miss Hazel Jewell of Malvern.Post War They were wed on 24 April on a Saturday evening at Scots Church in Collins Street, Melbourne. The couple then took up residence in Laverton after a honeymoon spent in Ballarat.
Werribee Shire Banner, 13 May 1926, p.5.

Alfred died in 1973 in Frankston, Victoria. He was aged 75.

Medals and Entitlements:
  • Nil awarded