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Peter Drummond

WW1 - The Ypres Salient Battlefields, Belgium

23877 Private

1st Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers, 86th Infantry Brigade, 29th Division

Age: 25

Date of Death: 14.10.18

Buried: Tyne Cot Memorial Panel 144 to 145

Family history: The 1911 Census shows him living at home, at that time 3 Grange Lane, with his father Peter who was a widow. Peter junior was employed as a Rivet Boy in the local shipyard in Grangemouth. His two brothers and two sisters continued to live in Grangemouth. Peter was living in Gravesend when he enlisted. Interestingly, in his entry in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Roll he is named as ‘Peth’ and ‘Brother of William Drummond, of 32, Grange St., Grangemouth, Stirlingshire’ His brothers were David and a half brother Daniel.

The action leading to his death

From the 11 to 13 October the Battalion was resting in billets in Ypres. At 1pm on 13 October they moved forward on trains to their assembly positions near Ledeghem in preparation for an attack on the morning of 14 October. This was an attack by the 29th Division in conjunction with the 9th (Scottish) Division on the left and the 36th Division on the right. The 29th Division attacked on a two Brigade front with the 88th Brigade on the right and the 86th Brigade on the left. The attack opened at 5.35am on 14 October with fog causing difficulty in maintaining direction. The Battalion commanding officer Lt Col A Moore DSO was killed by shell fire. He had been in command of the Battalion since October 1917. When the Battalion was relieved at 6pm on 14 October he was the only officer killed with a further three wounded. Other Ranks had eight killed, 47 wounded and one missing.

WW1 - The Ypres Salient Battlefields, Belgium
Linesman Map. Modern map showing the area of the advance.

Medals Awarded

Victory Medal, British Medal

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