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Walter Stanley PEARCE

Regimental number267
Date of birth15 March 1892
Place of birthKooringa, South Australia
SchoolBurra Public School, South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationDraper
AddressKingston Street, Kooringa, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 8"
Weight147 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Ann Pearce, Kingston Street, Kooringa, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date22 July 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Machine Gun Section
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France
Age at death24
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialRue-Petillon Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row K, Grave No. 77), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
179
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated on Hallett War Memorial, South Australia. Photo: Peter Dennis. Parents: Walter and Ann PEARCE, Kingston Street, Kooringa, South Australia
Family/military connectionsUncle: 4163 Pte Fredrick Joseph RAJERS, killed in action, France, 9 December 1916.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Suez, 18 December 1915.

Found guilty, 21 January 1916, of disobedience of orders, failing to report on 2 pm parade: awarded 3 days' confined to barracks, and forfeiture of 2 days' pay.

Trnsferred to Machine Gun Section, 9 February 1916.

Transferred to 8th Brigade Machine Gun Company, 9 March 1916.

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

Killed in action, 20 July 1916.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, PEARCE Walter Stanley

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