Peel, Lawrence

He was the son of William Peel of Knowlmere Manor, Clitheroe, Yorks. His mother was Meliora Sybella Peel, the daughter of Henry Phillpotts (Com 1819, Coll. 1820). He was one of four brothers, all of whom were Wykehamists. He entered the School from Horris Hill, became a House Prefect and in his last year played for O.T.H. VI.

From Winchester he went to Sandhurst and passed out with distinction in 1903, being gazetted to the 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. He served for several years in India and South Africa and became Adjutant of his battalion in 1907.

At the outbreak of war he was with his regiment in Guernsey and proceeded to the front within a few weeks in command of the Divisional Cyclist Company of the 7th Division. He was reported missing on the night of October 23rd-24th 1914, after an attempt to capture some farm buildings on the Zaanvoorde Ridge near the Ypres-Menin Road.

His name was mentioned in one of Lord French’s earliest Despatches. Captain Peel married in 1912 the Hon. Ethel Laura Brooks and had a son, Geoffrey William Peel, who came to Winchester as a War Exhibitioner (H, 1927-1932).

Cyclist companies began to be formed in the summer of 1914. Their primary task was reconnaissance. However, once trench warfare set in they took on numerous other tasks: manning observation posts, traffic control, sniping, repairing trenches, helping to set up divisional schools – the division’s ‘odd job men’.

He married in 1912, at St George’s, Hanover Square, London, the Hon. Ethel Laura Brooks, daughter of the 2nd Baron Crawshaw.  They had a son, Goeffrey who came to Winchester as a War Exhibitioner (H1927-1932).

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Peel
  • Forenames or initials: Lawrence
  • House: C
  • Years in School: 1898-1902
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Yorkshire Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 18th September 1884
  • Date of Death: 23rd October 1914
  • How Died: Missing, presumed killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer B2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on Panel 33 of the MENIN GATE MEMORIAL