Ernest Victor PEARSON


PEARSON, Ernest Victor

Service Number: 3857
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Oakbank, South Australia, 1887
Home Town: Balhannah, Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 19 August 1916
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Balhannah ANZAC Roll, Balhannah Soldiers' Memorial Honor Roll, Oakbank Old Scholars Roll of Honor, Port Broughton War Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France), Woodside District of Onkaparinga Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

2 Dec 1915: Involvement Private, SN 3857, 10th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
2 Dec 1915: Embarked Private, SN 3857, 10th Infantry Battalion, RMS Malwa, Adelaide

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Biography contributed by tony griffin

Ernest Pearson, who had a farm at Clements Gap, was the son of George and Sarah Anne (nee Savage) Pearson.  He was born at Oakbank in 1887. In 1913 he married Annie Estella. Ernest and Annie had two children. Daughter, Thelma Alice , was born in 1913 and son, Ronald Ernest John, was born in 1914.  

A labourer, Ernest was 28 years old when he enlisted in Adelaide on 11 August 1915.

Appointed to 12th Reinforcements 10 Battalion he embarked from Adelaide aboard embarked RMS “Malwa” on 2 December 1915. After training in Egypt he proceeded to join the British Expeditionary Force in France. The unit embarked from Alexandria on 19 March 1916 and disembarked in Marseilles on 4 April. On 1 May Ernest was admitted to hospital with the mumps. After recovering in an isolation hospital he rejoined the battalion on the 24 May. It was during the battle of Pozieres that 321 Pte. E. L. Mogford of D Coy witnessed Ernest “buried by a shell at Moquet Farm”. A Court of Enquiry determined that Ernest was killed between 19 and 23 August 1916. Ernest has no known grave.

Ernest’s widow, Annie Estella, died on 25 June 1919 and the two orphaned children were placed in the care of Annie’s sister, Mrs. Alice E. Whiting of Clements Gap.