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Service Number: 133002
Regiment & Unit/Ship

Royal Fusiliers

45th Bn.

Date of Death

Died 29 August 1919

Age 22 years old

Buried or commemorated at


Sp. Mem. B107.

Russian Federation (North)

Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Headstone Placeholder
  • Country of Service United Kingdom
  • Awards Victoria Cross, Military Medal
  • Additional Info Husband of Mrs. Pearse, of Koorlong, Mildura, Victoria, Australia. (buried Obozerskaya Burial Ground).
  • Additional Citation note

    An extract from The London Gazette, dated 23rd Oct., 1919, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery, devotion to duty and self sacrifice during the operation against the enemy battery position north of Emtsa (North Russia) on the 29th August, 1919. Serjeant Pearse cut his way through the enemy barbed wire under very heavy machine-gun and rifle fire and cleared a way for the troops to enter the battery position. Seeing that a blockhouse was harassing our advance and causing us casualties, he charged the blockhouse single-handed, killing the occupants with bombs. This gallant noncommissioned officer met his death a minute later, and it was due to him that the position was carried with so few casualties. His magnificent bravery and utter disregard for personal danger won for him the admiration of all troops."

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