Peter was born in the Fallowfield area of Manchester and was named after his father, who worked as a gardener. The family later moved to the Stockport, living at 13 Shaw Road.
Peter worked at the Preston's Clothing Works on Chestergate and, shortly before going overseas, married his fiancée, Ethel Shatwell, at St George's Church, in April 1916. Ethel was later recorded as living at 25 Winifred Street, Stockport but it is not known if this would have been the home in which she and Peter might have spent a brief time.
After several days in reserve billets, the Shropshires took over as section of trenches south east of the French village of Loos, on 1 April 1917. The section is recorded in the Battalion's War Diary as being between the positions known as the Northern Crossier to the Junction of Carfax and Queeen Street Trenches. The entry for 3 April reads "Fairly quiet day, but heavy shelling along the whole Battalion front during early part of the night resulting in 1 OR killed and 4 wounded."
The one OR(Other Rank) was Peter. The Captain commanding his Company later wrote to the family saying he had been hit by a shell from a trench mortar and had bene killed instantaneously. "By his death, we have lost a good soldier and a good man and his many friends in the Company have lost a true friend. He is being buried near to where the Regiment is now and the position of his grave will be carefully registered and in due course communicated to you. Please accept my deep and very sincere sympathy with you in your loss."
Peter is also remembered on the War Memorial at St George's Church.