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William Herbert Peak, OBE

Secretary to the Board and Chief Accountant
Birthplace Lancashire Chorlton England Date of Birth: October 27, 1879 Date of Death: October 19, 1945


Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by): William Herbert Peak O.B.E. (2) (5) (9)

Gender: Male

Date and Place of Birth: 27/10/1879 at Chorlton, Lancashire. (6) (4)

Date and Place of Death: 19/10/1945 at Kingston – on  -Thames (5)

Nationality: British



He was the fourth of six children , his siblings were:

 Samuel Henry born 1871,

 Florence Mabel born 1873,

Amy Gertrude born 1875

Alfred Ernest born 1881

Frederick Norman born 1888

All born in Chorlton, Lancashire (4)

He was educated in Manchester. (9)

In 1891 he was living with his family at March Street, Chorlton and by 1901 they had moved to 68 Wilbraham Road, Chorlton (7) (8)

Parents: Father: William Henry Peak born 1846 in Manchester (7) (8) (11)

                Mother:  Elizabeth Brown born 1849 in Manchester (7) (8) (11)               

Parent’s occupations: Father was a clothiers cashier (8)

Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: N/K

 Occupation: Accountant/ Managing director (3) (6)

Place of residence at Gretna: N/K

Job title at Gretna: Secretary and  Chief Accountant (1)

Marital status: Married

Spouse name (including male name): Kate Beatrice Sever (4) (5)

Date of marriage: 1904 (4)

Place/Parish of marriage: Prestwich, Lancashire (4)

Children: William Bernard Peak born 1905 at Prestwich, Lancashire (4)

                   Paul Eugen Sever Peak born 1908 at Liverpool (4)


Travels: Sailed on the “S.S. Celtic” from Liverpool to New York on 7/4/ 1923 travelling 1st. class.(3)

Sailed from Liverpool to Boston on the “ Baltic” on 18/4/1925 also travelling 1st. class (10)

According to Find my past Business indexes he travelled extensively.

Awards/recognitions: “During the European War was Financial Representative of the Treasury, and Secretary at H.M. Factory, Gretna, and received for his services the O.B.E.” (9)


Trivia / any other information:  He was Managing Director of a number of companies including the Relay Automatic Telephone Co. Ltd., the Sterling Telephone and Electric Co. Ltd., and the Perkins Mackintosh Petroleum, Tool, and Boring Co. Ltd.,  (9)

He was mentioned in the Dumfries and Galloway Standard 15/6/1918 when he was awarded the O.B.E. (1)

He was one of the officials from the Gretna factory to greet the King and Queen when they arrived on the Royal train too visit the factory (1)


Further links, notes, and comments:

  1. British newspaper archives
  2. Find my past – London Gazette 7/6/1918
  3. Ancestry – passenger + crew lists
  4. Find my past – BMD
  5. Probate calendars
  6. 1939 register
  7. Find my past – 1891 census
  8. Find my past – 1901 census
  9. Find my past – Britain, business indexes 1892- 1987
  10. Find my past – Passenger lists
  11. Ancestry – BMD
  12. Ancestry – 1911 census



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