b. 26/04/1871 Hopewell Hill, New Brunswick, Canada. d. 27/09/1956 Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Peck was born in Hopewell Hill, New Brunswick to a family that had emigrated from New England in 1763.
Peck was 16 years old when his father moved the family to New Westminster, British Columbia. Peck took military training and crossed the Atlantic to join the British Army then changed his mind. He returned to Canada and would volunteer for the Boer War. He was not accepted for duty. He next moved to Klondike, Yukon. When First World War began he was in Prince Rupert, British Columbia and working in a salmon cannery.
For most conspicuous bravery and skilful leading when in attack under intense fire.
His command quickly captured the first objective, but progress to the further objective was held up by enemy machine-gun fire on his right flank.The situation being critical in the extreme, Colonel Peck pushed forward and made a personal reconnaissance under heavy machine-gun and sniping fire, across a stretch of ground which was heavily swept by fire. Having reconnoitred the position he returned, reorganised his battalion, and, acting upon the knowledge personally gained; pushed them forward and arranged to protect his flanks. He then went out under the most intense artillery and machine-gun fire, intercepted the Tanks, gave them the necessary directions, pointing out where they were to make for, and thus pave the way for a Canadian Infantry battalion to push forward. To this battalion he subsequently gave requisite support.
His magnificent display of courage and fine qualities of leadership enabled the advance to be continued, although always under heavy artillery and machine-gun fire, and contributed largely to the success of the brigade attack.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM, OTTAWA, CANADA.
BURIAL PLACE: FRASER CEMETERY, NEW WESTMINSTER, VANCOUVER, CANADA.
Cyrus Peck's medals including VC and his DSO with Bar on the Canadian War Museum, Ottawa website.
The Cemetery Plan for Fraser Cemetery, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada. Cyrus Peck's grave is number 24 in the Upper Fraser section of the cemetery.