Private 200826 1st/4th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment
Albert Pegg was the son of Samuel and Elizabeth Pegg. He was baptised in St Peter’s Church 8 November 1896, and his father was a bricklayer’s foreman.
The censuses record that the family lived in Ash Street in 1901 and at 2 Bay Cottages, Ash Street in 1911.
Soldiers Died records that Albert enlisted at Bustard Camp. Mrs Pegg wrote to the Ash War Memorial committee to say that Albert had joined up in 1914 and went to India and then to Mesopotamia where he was mentioned in Sir John Nixon's despatch on July 24 1915 for gallantry on the field at the battle of Nasiriyeh. Albert’s medals card records that he went to the Asiatic Theatre of War 18 March 1915, and was awarded the 1914/15 Star. Also that he was “Presumed dead” and that he had previously been Hampshire Regiment Territorials 4/2909.
The Aldershot News 18 August 1916 reported that he had been missing since the surrender of Kut, and that he would have had his 20th birthday on 20 August. Letters from some of his comrades were printed, “One chap says that the last he saw of Bert was bandaging another chap up in the first line Turkish trenches.”
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records that Samuel and Elizabeth Pegg lived at 4 Station Road, Aldershot; and Soldiers Died records that Albert lived at Aldershot.
Image courtesy of the Aldershot News