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Arthur PEARCE

Regimental number1742
Other NamesArthur Douglas
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationInsurance clerk
AddressCardwell, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation32
Next of kinMother, Mrs E E Pearce, Cardwell, Queensland
Enlistment date8 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name19th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/36/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A61 Kanowna on 19 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


Recommendation date: 23 August and 6 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 23 March 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and initiative during the attack east of Villers Bretonneux, on 8th August, 1918. On reaching the objective, heavy machine gun fire was experienced from a building on the outskirts of Warfusee Abancourt. Taking one man only, he rushed the building capturing and bringing back sixteen prisoners and four machine guns. He showed great daring in face of extremely heavy opposition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death13 June 1966
Place of burialSpringvale Cemetery

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