William Andrew George Peters

Service :                         Mercantile Marine

Rank:                             Sailor

Ship :                             S.S. Daleby (West Hartlepool).


William was born in Kingswood ,  Bristol in 1891.  He was the son of William Peters & Mary J Peters, Sadly his father died in 1900.  A schoolboy in 1901 he was living with his widowed mother and siblings at Laurel Street, Kingswood.

After school William worked in the boot trade & he is recorded as a clicker on the 1911 Census still living at Laurel Street with his mother & younger sisters Carry & May.

Later William joined the Merchant Navy & we find him serving as a sailor on S.S. Daleby in 1917.

S.S. Daleby was bringing a cargo of copper & silver ore under the command of Captain Charles Hord, she set out from Halifax Nova Scotia and was en-route to Garston , Liverpool .  On 29th April 1917 she was attacked by U-Boat U70, under the command of Otto Wünsche, 180 miles North West of  Fastnet.

 Daleby was torpedoed and sunk with the loss of 25 crew including the Master & sailor Peters.

William Andrew George Peters is remembered with Honour on the Tower Hill Memorial in London. This memorial dedicated is to all those merchant sailors who have no grave but the sea.

Image by kind permission of CWGC


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

1901 & 1911 UK household census