Robert PETERS
Rank: Private
Number: 29529
Unit: 8th Battalion King’s Own (Royal Lancaster) Regiment
Date of Death: 27 September 1918
Age:
Cemetery: Lowrie Cemetery, Havrincourt, Pas de Calais, France

Nothing is known of Robert's life except he was the son of Mr R Peters, 5 St Matthew's Terrace, Edgeley, Stockport. He enlisted into the army at Chester.

In mid-September 1918, Robert and his mates spent several days in reserve on rest. Training exercises were undertaken on a daily basis, including a full Battalion attack on the 20th.

Late on the 26th, they moved into assembly positions west of the village of Anneux, about 8 miles south west of the French town of Cambrai. They were in position by 11.30pm and, four hours later, moved nearer the front line ready to attack German positions at Flesquieres at 5.20am.

The Battalion was to follow behind other battalions who would capture the German front line. The King's Own would then overlap to go on to take further positions. At "zero hour", the men left the trenches following closely behind the protection of a creeping artillery barrage working its way across No Man's Land. For a time, the barrage succeeded in silencing machine gun fire from many fortified concrete structures along the German "Hindenberg Line". One of these pill-boxes now opened  fire and the attackers were pinned down, until Corporal Neely and 2 men dashed toward it, killing the garrison and capturing three machine guns. Neeley was later awarded the Victoria Cross for this act.

By 9.45, the Battalion had reached its objective and began to consolidate. It then came under fire from enemy field guns firing over open sights from a ridge south of Ribecourt and from other enemy artillery in Bourlon Wood.

During the day, the Battalion had advanced 4 miles, captured 800 prisoners, 200 machine guns, 3 field guns and 12 trench mortars. But it had not been without cost. 54 men, including Robert, were dead. Many more were wounded, including Edward Gilchrist, who would die from his wounds the next day.

The Cemetery where Robert is buried was created in early October, once the area was secure and bodies could be safely collected from the battlefield.

   
           
   
     
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