Regimental number: 2624346
Regiment: Grenadier Guards
Service dates: 1943-1947
Born: 25 July 1923
Died: 24 April 2021
Horace Albert Peers was born on 25 July 1923 and was better known to his friends as Harry. He joined the Grenadier Guards on 5 August 1943 and was demobbed on 4 July 1947. During his service his rank was Guardsman. His Regimental number was 2624346.
He was married to Brenda (died 22 September 2011) and had 5 daughters, 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren.
As a WW2 conscript, he reported to Caterham and after the induction procedure, Harry and others were shown their billet; which was one of the huts way down the bottom from the Fox Gate.
Trained Soldier Wells kept them in prim and proper order and got the squad through the hut discipline. His Squad Instructor was LCpl F Clutton (Late WO1 (RSM) Freddie Clutton MM) who put the Squad through their paces on the parade ground.
After passing out as a Guardsman, Windsor loomed ahead for further training. After that, it was a spell in Wales and then to Howick, Scotland, before being shipped to Italy on active service (Harry recalls that he never fired a shot in Italy).
When peace came Harry’s Squad went to Germany as occupation troops and whilst there Harry became Col DC Brownlow’s driver.
Upon return to Pirbright, and near his demob date, Harry was posted as “Regimentally Employed” to Chesham in Buckinghamshire as a driver to a Rear Admiral who was Camp Commandant to the Joint Services Staff College.
Then came demob time and he was posted to Aldershot, collected his suit, etc, and was then back in “Civvie Street”.
Harry returned to Caterham 50 years later (one Grenadier Day) and did not recognise very much of it as the huts had gone and that’s where his memories were so strong.
Harry had been a member of the East Kent Branch Grenadier Guards for longer than any of our other members can remember. He regularly attended Branch meetings up until his health prevented him from doing so and was still driving his beloved car until he was past his 94th birthday. He and his wife (Brenda) were also great supporters of Branch functions and events until her death in 2011.
Harry will be greatly missed by all who knew him.