Wilfred Morris PEARCE


PEARCE, Wilfred Morris

Service Number: 275
Enlisted: 25 August 1914, Roseberry Park, New South Wales
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 1st Light Horse Regiment
Born: Adelong, New South Wales, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Adelong, Tumut Shire, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Died of Illness (Enteric fever), At sea (Seeang Bee), 5 July 1915, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Buried at Sea
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing
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World War 1 Service

25 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Roseberry Park, New South Wales
20 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 275, 1st Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 275, 1st Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Star of Victoria, Sydney
5 Jul 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Trooper, SN 275, 1st Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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The sad intelligence of the death of Private Wilfred Pearce, son of Mr Harry Pearce, reached here on Thursday evening of last week by telegram. The young man was one of the band of Adelong's first volunteers who left here for the front. The unfortunate soldier contracted enteric fever whilst in the trenches and was buried at   sea. He saw some exciting times at the front, and was in company with Private R. Wise when the latter received his fatal wound, and with Private A. V. Bellamy and N. Quarmby when they were wounded. The lad was well liked throughout these parts, where he was well known. His parents and brother and sisters are much respected throughout this district. He was a member Loyal Golden Age Lodge, M.U. Oddfellows. Private Wiifred Pearce is the third member of the first volunteers, from here to give his life for his country - R. Price, G. Frank and now W. Pearce. Everybody expresses their deepest sympathy for the sorrowing parents and family." - from the Adelong and Tumut Express 30 Jul 1915 (nla.gov.au)