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Harold Joseph PEARSON

Regimental number2063
Place of birthBrisbane Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStation hand
AddressBride Street, Wynnum, South Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMother, Mrs Esther Pearson, Bride Street, Wynnum, South Brisbane, Queensland
Enlistment date26 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Light Horse Regiment, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/10/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 31 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Divisional Ammunition Column
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 23 May 1917

FateReturned to Australia 30 January 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'At about 6 p.m. on the 23rd April 1917, a convoy of two G.S. Wagons were proceeding towards BEAUMETZ with Trench mortars and Stores, under the charge of 184b, Temp. Bdr. Boddington. When reaching the Corner of the MORCHIES - CAMBRAI Road they came under very heavy enemy shell fire. The N.C.O. in charge was wounded, and fell off his horse. he then gave the order for the wagons to halt. Driver H.J. PEARSON, realising the situation, took command, and ordered the wagons forward. The enemy continued to shell the spot, and but for the initiative and coolness displayed by this driver there is little doubt that considerable losses of men and animals, and damage to material, would have ensued. he delivered his stores to their destination, and withdrew his wagons to safety.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 3634110

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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