Peachment Place honours WW1 hero
Our 60 unit Extra Care scheme for @BuryCouncil is well on target for completion this winter. Last week Len from our office along with @EricWright @ProcurePlus @Poole_Dick @HomesEngland attended the building naming event, were local WW1 hero George Peachment VC was honoured.
George Stanley Peachment VC (5 May 1897 – 25 Sept 1915).
George Peachment, a barber’s son was born in Parkhills, Fishpool, Bury on 5th May 1897. After schooling, he became an apprentice steam engineer, at the age of 17 he enlisted into the British Army falsely giving his age as 19 and joined the 6th Battalion, Kings Royal Rifle Corps.
During WW1 Private Peachment later transferred to the 2nd Battalion who were posted to France on 27th July 1915.
On the 25th September 1915 at the Battle of Loos, during heavy fighting in Hulluch, the frontline had to retire to reorganise. Rifleman Peachment saw his commanding officer Captain Guy Dubs lying wounded. The enemy fire was intense and although there was a shell hole close by where a number of men had taken cover, Private Peachment crawled to his captain and administered first aid. Never thinking to save himself, he knelt in the open trying to help his officer where he was injured himself by bomb shrapnel, moments later he was fatally wounded by a rifle bullet.
George Peachment was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery which was presented to his mother Mary in 1916 by King George V at Buckingham Palace.
At the age of 18 years and 4 months he was one of the youngest army recipient of the Victoria Cross in WW1. His medal is held in the Lord Ashcroft VC Collection at the Imperial War Museum.