No. 4361, Royal Irish Rifles, transferred to
No. 52089, Princess Victoria’s (Royal Irish Fusiliers)
Newtownards and District War Memorial
The name Charles Pegg is listed on Newtownards and District War Memorial and in the booklet produced for the Unveiling and Dedication Ceremony held on Saturday 26 May 1934 he is described as a Sergeant in the Royal Irish Rifles. The organising committee of the day decided to include the names of ex-servicemen who died up to that date from what they considered to be war related causes, whether as a result of wounds or disease.
On 12 May 1884 Charles Pegg (aged 33) and Mary Anne Henry (aged 27) were married in St Anne’s Parish Church of Ireland Church Belfast. Corporal Charles Pegg, 2nd Royal Irish Fusiliers from 97 Wilton Street, Belfast was a widower and a son of John Pegg, a soldier. Mary Anne Henry of 112 Wilton Street, Belfast was a spinster and a daughter of James Henry, a bundler. They had at least two children:
James (born 24 November 1887 at 60 Wilton Street, Belfast)
Margaret Ann (born 15 June 1885 at 113 Wilton Street, Belfast)
The available evidence suggests that this is not the soldier commemorated on Newtownards War Memorial.
On 9 November 1904 Bandsman (Bugler) Charles Walter Clegg, Royal Irish Rifles of Portobello Barracks, Dublin and Mary (Minnie) Gribben of 14 Portobello Road, Dublin were married in Dublin Registry Office. Charles Walter Clegg was a full-age bachelor and a son of Charles W Pegg, a publican (deceased). Mary Gribben was a daughter of Thomas Gribben, a tailor.
The available evidence suggests that this is the soldier commemorated on Newtownards War Memorial.
Charles and Mary Pegg (nee Gribben) had at least seven children:
Lillie (born 4 July 1905 in the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin)
Minnie (born prematurely 6 February 1908 in South Street, Newtownards; died 12 February 1908)
Margaret (Maggie, born 6 February 1909 in John Street, Newtownards; died of bronchitis 10 April 1909 aged 2 months)
William John (born 5 April 1910 in John Street, Newtownards)
Margaret Jane (born 25 December 1911 in John Street, Newtownards)
Charles Walter (born 10 November 1913 in John Street, Newtownards)
Mary Ann (born 25 September 1915 in John Street, Newtownards)
Sergeant Charles Pegg served with the Royal Irish Rifles (No. 4631) in Gallipoli before being transferred to the Royal Irish Fusiliers (No. 52089). Later, Sergeant Charles Pegg was discharged from the Army.
Desk searches and public appeals to date have not yet confirmed Sergeant Charles Pegg’s date of death.