A Great War D.S.O. group of three to Lieutenant P.S.Peat, Royal Naval Reserve,
Distinguished Service Order, G.V.R. in silver-gilt and enamel; British War Medal, unnamed; Victory Medal (Lieut.P.S.Peat. R.N.R.). Very fine. (3)
D.S.O. London Gazette 7.6.1918.
Lieutenant Percy Sutcliffe Peat, a native of Accrington, Lancashire was born 29.11.1889. He served during the war in various activities at sea. It was in April 1918, whilst in command of a small herring drifter, the 'Coreopsis' (Q' Ship), a unit in the fleet a small craft which were carryng out an intensive counter movement to the German's submarine menace, that he engaged a powerful enemy undersea craft, sank it, and took the crew of 36 prisoner. The drifter, which carried a crew of twelve hands, was armed only with a light gun but Lieut-Commander Peat took his ship into action with such skill that the gunner fought the submarine with great effect. The submarine, ten times the size of 'Coreopsis', and possessing twice her speed, could neither turn nor run for safety, and, having been hit early on, could not submerge. The deadly marksmanship of the gunner backed up the good work of the bridge, completely defeating the enemy, and eventually the submarine hoisted the white flag. The crew were taken on board the little dritfer and the submarine foundered, it was for this feat that Lieut-Commander Peat received the D.S.O., his Skipper the D.S.C.,and every other rating in the ship being decorated. At the subsequent period Lieut-Commander Peat was responsible for the sinking of other submarines. At the of the end war he took up a post on the instructing staff of the Marine School, South Shields, and later entered the service of the Tyne Improvement Commission as Deputy Harbour Master.
With original Royal Naval Reserve Commission, dated 22 March 1915; Board of Trade Certificate of Competency as Extra Master 1919; two Admiralty 'flimsies', one of which states 'He has commanded divisons of trawlers and drifters with marked success and two occasions displayed most conspicuous gallantry. A brillant officer and a gallant seaman'; four letters of recommendation from various Shipping Companies and various news cutting reporting his death in 1936, and describing his wartime expoits in detail.