Ernest Henry PETERS

Year of Birth:  1894

Place of Birth:  Cooktown, Queensland

Date of Enlistment:  11 January 1916

Date and Place of Embarkation:  5 June 1916,  Sydney, New South Wales

Ship:  HMAT Borda A30

Rank:  Private

Unit(s):  11th  Australian Machine Gun Company

Regimental Number:  120

Died:  11 June 1917


Late Gnr E H Peters – Northern Herald (Cairns)


Ernest Henry Peters was born 16 August 1894 in Cooktown, and one of nine children of Claus Frederick Peters and Albertina Klabunde.  John Phillip born 1884, Claus Frederick 1886, Georg Wilhelm 1888, Albertina Klabjina 1890, Hermnann Carl 1892 then Ernest Henry 1894, Dorothea Christina 1896, Grace Henrietta 1899 and Frank Perce 1902.  His mother was a Nurse at the Atherton Hospital.

When he enlisted in Cairns on 11 January 1916 he was living in Mareeba. He was 22 years 4 months of age, occupation Labourer and his next of kin his father Frederick Charles Peters, Helen St Cooktown. His height was  5 feet 11 1/2 inches  weighed 156 pounds with  fair complexion, blue eyes and fair hair.  He was Church of England.

He embarked on the HMAT Borda from Sydney on 5 June 1916 and arrived in Southampton England, via Alexandria Egypt. On 23 November he arrived in France and was appointed temporary Driver. He was admitted to hospital with mumps on 31 December 1916 and rejoined his unit on 23 January 1917.

On 13 February he received an accidental gunshot wound to his left hand and was subsequently court martialed charged with “conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline carelessly wounded himself in the left hand” and found guilty. He was held in detention and returned to his unit on 3 April 1917.

Ernest Henry Peters was killed in action on 11 June 1917 and was buried at Messines Ridge British Cemetery, Messines, Flanders, Belgium.


HMAT Borda A30 – photo courtesy Australian War Memorial


NAA B2455 – Letter from Ernest’s mother re his gravesite


Commonwealth War Graves


Northern Herald (Cairns) 1 December 1916


Cairns Post 8 March 1917


Cairns Post 3 July 1917 p4


Online Resources

Queensland Birth Death & Marriage Index

NAA: B2455, Peters, Ernest Henry

Australian War Memorial

Photo of HMAT Borda A30, Australian War Memorial

Photo of Pte E H Peters – Northern Herald 3 August 1917

Northern Herald 1 December 1916

Cairns Post 8 March 1917

Cairns Post 3 July 1917


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