|Further research has revealed that Peter, who was born in Glasgow about 1882/3, was the oldest child of the shoemaker Alexander Welsh and his wife Mary Ann Malley. His younger siblings included his 3 brothers - Edward, James and Willie - and his 2 sisters - Mary Ann and Maggie. The family moved from Glasgow to Carluke between 1893/4 and 1898/9 and it was in their home in Rankin Street, Carluke that Peter’s father died from TB on 8th October 1899. By the time of the 1911 census Peter was living with his widowed mother and three youngest siblings at their home in Rankin Street. |
And the "or so it seemed ? " The War Graves Commission eventually did find him for us. He had enlisted as James Kennedy and his grave has this name on it. So this was the source of the mystery! Also we too unearthed some of his war records which show he enlisted as James Kennedy so his records being lost in WW2 isn’t even close, though exactly why he used a different name remains a mystery.
Status March 2014: This is still an ongoing research & investigation.