Captain Home Peel (1895-1918)

In 1918, a letter informed Captain Home Peel’s widow of the death of her husband. Captain Home Peel served in Royal Mail’s own regiment, the 8th Battalion, The London Regiment (The Post Office Rifles).

Unusually, this letter was written by a German soldier, E F Gaylor: ‘I feel it as a human duty to communicate you these sad news. Capt Peel was killed in action near Longueval & died, as it seems by the wounds received, without suffering.’ Captain Home Peel was awarded a Distinguished Service Order in 1918. He previously received a Military Cross for leading an attack on the German trenches at Festubert in 1915.