J G Peace, tailor

Stop number WHITE 12: Continue to walk along the avenue of lime trees and just after the path which leads up hill to your left and behind the 17th tree look for the grave of the Peace family on the second tier of graves.
 Peace family plot
Peace family plot
Read the story below and when you are ready to move on click on the dot/circle for T Butler.
JG Peace's grave The tailors shop in Queen Square
JG Peace's grave The tailors shop in Queen Square (SWOP RHW29064)
James George Peace 1838-1930

I am James George Peace. I now live with my daughter Lilian in Easton Street opposite the Union Baptist Church, but until 1909, the year my wife died, we lived at Castle Hill House, now the Wycombe Museum.

My other children had all left home by then and it was too big a house for just the two of us so my daughter Lilian and I swapped residences with my eldest daughter, Minnie, who is married to Arthur Clarke, the Town Clerk and a solicitor in Easton Street. I am also an Alderman of the town and was once Mayor of Wycombe. In 1926 I will be made a Freeman of the Borough along with my good friend, Charles Walter Raffety. My daughter Minnie also follows in my footsteps and, like me, is a Justice of the Peace. That’s quite a rare thing at this time, to have both father and daughter sitting on the Bench.

The war has kept me and my son very busy. We run a tailors and outfitters shop in Queen Square, at the Hen and Chickens, and our workroom staff have been in high demand, making uniforms. We make all the officers’ uniforms for the Royal Artillery who are stationed here in the town, and also make the breeches for the Bucks Yeomanry (but we send their orders for tunics to Simpsons, in the East End of London, to be made up). You can see all the regiments we cater for in the advert below.
JG Peace ad
JG Peace ad

Unfortunately, fabric for the different regiments is not always the same shade of khaki due to the huge demand to get the uniforms ready in time. We order the bolts of fabric from the central depots and they send us what they’ve got. As a consequence the uniforms of some regiments in the future will have distinct colour shades as a result of the bolts of fabric used for their uniforms in WW1.

You’ll see that I am in mourning and it was a great sorrow to our family when we heard that Donald (Clarke), my eldest grandson, had been killed at the Somme. My only consolation is that I can now look other bereaved Wycombe friends in the eye and truly know how they must be feeling.

You’ll see that I am wearing a black armband to show my grief and I’m afraid that during this war we’ll be selling a lot of these. Bereaved officers can also wear a similar black crepe armband but this is not permissible in the lower ranks.

However, ordinary soldiers in the British army are allowed to wear a small square of black crepe wrapped around the second button of their tunic as a sign of personal mourning. Photographs sometimes illustrate this practise, and it will inspire W.A Darlington's novel ‘Alf's Button’ because no one is allowed to wear their button cloth longer than is permissible.

I am buried here with my wife, mother-in-law and my daughter Lilian.

JG Peace performed by John Gurney, Flackwell Local Area History Group The real JG Peace
JG Peace performed by John Gurney, Flackwell Local Area History Group The real JG Peace

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