Peter DOWNS
Rank: Private
Number: 41736
Unit: 6th Battalion SOUTH WALES BORDERERS
Date of Death: 1 November 1918
Age: 19
Cemetery: Pont-de-Nieppe Communal Cemetery, Nord, France

Peter was born in Stockport, the fifth and youngest known child of George and Sarah. In 1901, the family was living at 9 Gough Street, Stockport, later moving to 130 Newbridge Lane. Nothing else is known if his early life

His older brother, William, joined up around early 1916 and had not been at the front for very long when he was killed on 18 September 1916. It would be around this time that Peter enlisted but he almost certainly did not go abroad until he was 18. As the War neared its end, Mr & Mrs Downs must have been hoping that one son would return but it was not to be. In the autumn of 1918, there was a worldwide pandemic of influenza which particularly affected younger men and which would claim millions of lives. Peter caught the flu and was taken to and army field hospital - 8th Casualty Clearing Station - where pneumonia set in and he died. The chaplain wrote to his parents "Though he was not killed in action, yet it was in the service of his country that he died, doing his job bravely and cheerfully to the end." One has to hope that it was some small comfort.

   
           
   
     
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