Alfred Henry Peacock (Service No. 72604)
(1898 - 1973)

Alfred Henry Peacock was born on 24 July 1898 to William Peacock and Lottie Peacock nee Tampling in Footscray. Alfred was the third born of five children in the Peacock family. The family were residing in the Laverton area at that time a young Alfred made the decision to enlist on 21 June 1918. As he was just 19 years and 11 months of age required the written permission of both his parents which they gave even though they already had another son Ernest away fighting in Europe. At the time of enlisting Alfred was single and was employed as a driver within the Laverton and Werribee area.

Private Peacock was keen to join the Light Horse Battalion and undertook and passed the riding test for the light horse and volunteered for service in Egypt. The Light Horse Battalion was still on duty within Egypt fighting the Turkish forces. After successfully completing this examination Alfred was appointed to the Recruit Depot Battalion in Broadmeadows for training but due to his enlistment taking place toward the end of the conflict he was not transferred overseas and therefore was not involved in any WWI conflict.

Alfred was discharged from service on 24 December 1918 after the war had ended in early November. His discharge was due to demobilisation of the AIF forces. In 1926 Alfred married Miss Hazel Elizabeth Jewell of Malvern on 24 April 1926 at Scots Church in Collins Street Melbourne. Following their wedding the couple then took up residence in Grace Street Laverton and Alfred continued to work in the Werribee and Laverton area as a driver. Around 1938 to 1940 Alfred took up work with the Victorian Railways which required the family to move across the bay to Frankston where they remained until Alfred passed away in 1973 aged 75 and is buried in the Fawkner Cemetery.

References:

  1. https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=8008891
  2. ancestry.com.au
  3. Werribee Shire Banner, 13 May 1926, p.5.

Research by: Graeme Reilly (ALHS)