Camden Remembers
Soldiers' Memorial Macarthur Park
William James PECKHAM (Private 2268)
Camden RSL Flame Birth: abt 1894 Barton, New Milton, Hampshire, England
Death: 7 Apr 1918 (age 24) Villers Bretonneux, France, Killed in Action
Cemetery: Villers Bretonneux, France
Memorial; Soldiers' Memorial Macarthur Park Camden
Memorial : St Paul's Anglican Church, Cobbitty, NSW

Father: Joseph PECKHAM
Mother: Emily

William arrived in Australia c.1912 and was employed by Rev. George Herbert Allnutt at Cobbitty. He trained as a Butcher and his occupation was Groom and Gardener when he enlisted at Camden in February 1916 and served in the 55th Battalion and 19th Battalion A.I.F.

He states he was 22 years old at enlistment which would make him 24 years old when he was killed. His father states on Memorial Card that he was 26 years old when killed. His year of birth is not yet verified. His parents address was 1 Pine View, Lower Ashby, New Milton, Hampshire, England.

William departed Sydney on the 'Port Sydney' 4 September 1916 and arrived in France via England on 14 March 1917.

He was AWL from Hurdcott, England from 5 December 1916 to 1 January 1917 for which he received 28 days detention and forfeiture of 56 days pay.

He was in hospital in Belgium for 2 weeks in January 1918 suffering with Trench Fever.

Private William James PECKHAM was killed in action on 7 Apr 1918 at Villers Bretonneux, France age 24.