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Harold John PEARCE

Regimental number801
Place of birthHuntingdon, England
Other trainingTrained at Teacher's College, Hereford House, Sydney, New South Wales.
Age on arrival in Australia18
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSchool teacher
AddressLocks Heath School, Tichfield, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 9.25"
Weight148 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs L Pearce, 127 St John's Road, Glebe, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date8 July 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name30th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 9 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularDied at Haubourdin in German hands.
FateDied of wounds 21 July 1916
Place of death or woundingArmentieres, France
Age at death23.8
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialCabaret-Rouge British Cemetery (Plot XVI, Row A, Grave No. 20), Souchez, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Mary Jane PEARCE; husband of Lillias J. PEARCE, Short Street, Corowa, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 9 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 11 December 1916.

Admitted to No 8 Field Ambulance, Serapeum, 13 January 1916 (palpitation); discharged, 15 January 1916.

Admitted to No 8 Field Ambulance Ferry Post, 5 April 1916 (vomiting); discharged and rejoined unit, 13 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 20 July 1916.

Died of wounds whilst Prisoner of War. Place of death, Reserve Feldlazarette, 8 Handoudin, France, 21 July 1916 (gun shot wound back and chest).

Note on B.103 from the Director of Graves, 12 April 1919, 'buried Haubourdin Com: Cem: German Ext: [2.25] mls S.W. of Lille'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsWife's address subsequently 18 Jersey Street, Marrickville, Sydney, New South Wales (15 November 1917); then, Short Street, Corowa, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, PEARCE Harold John
Red Cross file 2120206

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