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James John PEARCE

Regimental number3582
Place of birthRomsey Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressZig Zag Road, Upper Macedon, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, James L Pearce, Zig Zag Road, Upper Macedon, Victoria
Enlistment date9 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name24th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/41/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 5 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'Valuable services as a stretcher-bearer under heavy fire, showing courage and devotion to duty.'
Recommendation date: 13 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 16 March 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the attack on BROODSEINDE RIDGE east of YPRES on 4th October, 1917, Pte. PEARCE acted as Stretcher Bearer throughout the action and did splendid work dressing and carrying wounded back during the advance. No shell fire was too heavy for this Stretcher Bearer to dress his man and carry him away and his courage and devotion to duty saved many lives.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death31 January 1963
Age at death69
Place of burialEchuca Cemetery, Victoria

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