Name: George Raymond PeacockRank:CorporalService Number: 467533Service: HQ Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division,United States Marine CorpsDate of BirthMarch 28, 1914Place of Birth: Amherst, Cumberland Co., NSDate of Enlistment:September 28, 1942Place of Enlistment:UnknownAge at Enlistment:28Date of Death: February 19, 1945Age: 30Cemetery: Milton Cemetery, Milton, MAGeorge Raymond Peacock was the son of George Stephen Peacock (1886-1956) and Mildred Mae (Murray) Peacock (1886–1963). His mother was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia and his father was born in Saint John, New Brunswick. George Raymond Peacock was the husband of Catherine Dorcas (Copeland) Peacock (1914–2015). They married on May 9, 1935 in Boston, Mass. They had three children, George Raymond Jr., Jeffrey Copeland (1939-2005), and Mark Dennis.George had one brother, William Donald Peacock (1910-1982) born in Amherst, Nova Scotia. At the age of 29, he enlisted with the Canadian Army in Montreal, Quebec, on March 10, 1939. He spent four years in the Canadian service, three and a half years in England with the Royal Montreal Regiment. He left as an Acting Corporal in the Provost, previousl;y serving in the artillery. He spent six weeks in Clerical School at Aldershot, in England. In October, 1943 he was transferred to the United States Army as a Corporal with Company ‘M’ 289th Infantry and served in Europe, Africa, and participated in the Rhineland Campaign. His specialities were heavy mortar crewman and expert rifle 2nd Class Gunner combat infantryman. William also did some instruction work in Florida. He was discharged on June 25, 1945, with the rank of Sergeant.Corporal George Raymond Peacock, at the age of 28, enlisted on September 28, 1942, with the United States Marine Corps . His assignments were as follows:Oct 1942Private, 13th Recruit Battalion, Recruit Depot, Marine Barracks, Parris Island, South CarolinaOct 1942Platoon Sergeant, 11th Recruit Battalion, Recruit Depot, Marine Barracks, Parris Island, SCJan 1943 Private, 13th Recruit Battalion, Recruit Depot, Marine Barracks, Parris Island, SCApr 1943Private 1st Class, Barracks Detachment, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Boston, MassachusettsJul 1943 Private 1st Class, Barracks Detachment, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Boston, MAOct 1943Private 1st Class, 33rd Replacement Battalion, Camp Lejeune, New River, North CarolinaJan 1944 Private 1st Class, Casual Company, Marine Barracks, Quantico, VirginiaApr 1944 Private 1st Class, 1st Battalion, 26th Marines, 5th Marine Division, Camp Joseph H. Pendleton Oceanside, CaliforniaJuly 1944Corporal, 1st Battalion, 26th Marine Reinforcement, 5th Marine Div, Fleet Marine Force C/O Fleet Post Office, San Francisco, CAOct 1944Corporal, 1st Battalion, 26th Marines, 5th Marine Div, C/O Fleet Post Office, San Francisco, CAJan 1945Corporal, 1st Battalion, 26th Marines, 5th Marine Div, Fleet Marine Force, C/O Fleet Post Office San Francisco, CAGeorge’s Military Occupational Specialities (MOS’s) indicate that he first served as a Basic Marine, enlisted (521) during his initial training, a Guard (522) while at the Boston Naval Yard and an Intelligence Man (636) with the 26th Marines at Iwo Jima.Muster rolls show he served aboard the USS Baxter (APA-94), Sumter-class attack transport, as of July 22, 1944 and the USS Vesole (DD-878), a Gearing-class destroyer, as of September 1, 1944.George Raymond Peacock was Killed in Action, February 19, 1945, during offensive operations against Imperial Japanese Forces on Iwo Jima Island, in the Bonin, or Ogasawara Islands.From the Boston Globe newspaper, April 5, 1945Cpl. George R. Peacock A memorial service will be held at Stoughton Street Baptist Church, Dorchester, Sunday, at 3:30 p.m. for Cpl. George R. Peacock, U.S.M.C., who was killed Feb. 19, 1945 at Iwo Jima. Cpl. Peacock enlisted in 1942 and had extensive training for intelligence work. He served with the Headquarters Company, 26th Regiment, 5th Division, with which he went overseas in 1944. He is survived by a wife Dorcas; three sons, Raymond, Jeffrey and Mark; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George S. Peacock, Dorchester, Mass and a brother, Sgt. William Donald, with the Army in Germany.From the Boston Globe newspaper, December 15, 1948Cpl. George PeacockMILTON, Dec. 14, 1948 – Services for Cpl. George R. Peacock, U.S.M.C., of 105 Bryant Ave., will be held from the John C. Mulry Funeral Home at Dorchester Ave., Dorchester, Thursday at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Milton Cemetery. Cpl. Peacock was killed in action while with the 1st Marine Division on Iwo Jima in February, 1945. He is survived by his wife Catherine, three sons, Raymond, Jeffrey and Mark; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George S. Peacock and a brother Donald.George’s wife's 2015 obituary states she was to be buried next to her husband in Milton Cemetery, Milton, Mass. She died at the age of 101 in Zephyrhills, Florida in 2015.
Sources:findagrave Patty Sheekey, Granddaughter of William Donald Peacock
George’s father served in WWI with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces as a Lieutenant (Service Number 931365). He enlisted December 10, 1916 in Truro, NS and served with the 2nd (No. 2) Construction Battalion. Prior to serving with the 2nd Battalion, he served with the 93rd Regiment at the Internment Camp in Amherst, NS – one of three internment camps in NS. Over 850 Germans were held at the Amherst site during WWI.Lt. Peacock returned to Canada, arriving in Halifax on March 1, 1919, from Liverpool, England aboard the SS Belgic. 2 months later, in May, Peacock and his family moved to the United States.George Stephen Peacock (WWI)