Harold John PEARSON

Regimental number661
Place of birthCampbell Field Victoria
OccupationSteel smelter
Address49 Hudson Street, Coburg, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs Agnes Pearson, 49 Hudson Street, Coburg, Victoria
Enlistment date1 February 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll2 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 12 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in charge of a bombing attack in Laytron Lane.'
Recommendation date: 5 March 1917

FateReturned to Australia 2 January 1919

Military Medal

'On 1st March, 1917, for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He was in charge of a bombing attack which captured a strong point in LAYTON LANE. During the counter attack this N.C.O. inspired great confidence in his men. He held on to a barricade until he was wounded. His daring and leadership kept the enemy in check, and Lewis guns which had stoppages, could be withdrawn.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 140
Date: 27 August 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal