Peter Fidler MAYNARD
Rank: Corporal
Number: 333034
Unit: 8th Battalion King’s (Liverpool) Regiment
Date of Death: 1 June 1918
Age: 23 (based on 1901 Census information)
Cemetery: Couin New British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

Peter was born in Stockport, the son of Arthur and Abigail. The Census showed the family living at 17 Mottram Street. He had two sisters - Ada (then 9) and Martha (1).

Peter is thought to have enlisted into the army, as a conscript, sometime after the end of 1916 and was originally assigned to the local 6th Territorial Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment. His service number was 266252 - six digit service numbers did not start to be issued until the beginning of 1917. However, this service does not appear on his on-line medal entitlement records at the National Archives. This confirms that he never served abroad with the Cheshires and was, no doubt, transferred to the Liverpool Regiment when he finished training.

Peter's last tour of duty in the trenches started on 21 May 1918, when the Battalion went into the front line near the French village of Gommecourt (in the north of the 1916 Somme battlefield). The Battalion's War Diary contains very little details of the following days. It appears to have been a quiet time with no major action on either side. As always, patrols went out into No Man's Land during the night to try to gain intelligence or to attack opposing patrols. During the time in the trenches, 9 members of the Battalion, including Peter, were killed. The cause was probably enemy shelling.  He is buried about 5 kilometres behind the front line position in a cemetery used by the Field Ambulance. This suggests that, perhaps, he was not killed outright, but was in the process of being moved down the casualty evacuation chain when he died very shortly afterwards. Official records, however, record that he was "killed in action" rather than "died of wounds".

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