Information about birth

Date of birth:
Place of birth:
Motherwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

General information

Last known residence:
23 Orwell Place, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom

Army information

Scotland, United Kingdom
British Expeditionary Force
Service number:
Enlistment date:
Enlistment place:
Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom
 —  Royal Engineers, 90th Field Coy.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
34th and 36th Casualty Clearing Stations, France
Cause of death:
Died of wounds (D.O.W.)


Zuydcoote Military Cemetery
Plot: II
Row: C
Grave: 14

Distinctions and medals 3

Points of interest 5

#1 Place of birth
#2 Last known residence
#3 Enlistment place
#4 Place of wounding
#5 Place of death (approximate)

My story

Peter Poyner was born in Motherwell Lanarkshire around 1st October 1884.

He was married to Emily, had 5 children and was living at 23 Orwell Place in Edinburgh, where he worked as a Tailor.
Peter enlisted on 23rd January 1915. He was embedded with the Royal Engineers 90th Field Company.

His company arrived in the St Julien area 10th October 1917. While in the area the 90th Field Company constructed a planked road to Hübner Farm, a 9 lb decauville tramway from Triangle to Winchester Farm and a 20 lb decauville tramway near Springfield, which transported ammunition for the Royal Field Artillery. The conditions were very difficult. The roads were bad and the company worked under heavy shelling.

Peter was wounded and taken to the 34th and 36th Casualty Clearing Stations in Zuydcoote, France where he died of his injuries on 31st October 1917. He was buried at Zuydcoote Military Cemetery.

Sources 3

1901 Scotland Census (National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh (NRS), Reels 1-446).
Sources used
90 Field Company Royal Engineers (The National Archives, Kew (TNA), WO-95-1756-1).
Sources used
War Office: Soldiers’ Documents, First World War (The National Archives, Kew (TNA), WO 363).
Sources used

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