12th Battalion Highland Light Infantry
Killed In Action 1st September 1916
From Rathmines, Dublin
Peter, an old soldier with 15 years service in the army, was living in Wishaw, Scotland, when he enlisted into the 12th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry in the spring of 1915. He landed with his battalion, in Boulogne on the 2nd of October 1915 as part of the 46th Brigade in 15th (Scottish) Division.
Peter was killed in action whilst attached to a working party of the Royal Engineers, on the 1st September 1916.
Working parties were regularly sent out to mend shell damage to the trenches and their defences. These soldiers carry coils of barbed wire and corkscrew pickets (metal stakes) for repairing the belts of wire that protected the trenches. This was done to prevent the enemy from getting close to front-line positions.
Peter’s body was found and he is remembered with honour at Vermelles British Cemetery.
LIES IN NOBLE DEEDS”