Laurence Edmonds PEARCE

PEARCE, Laurence Edmonds

Service Number: 13420
Enlisted: 3 January 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: Army Medical Corps (AIF)
Born: St Peters, South Australia, 5 December 1897
Home Town: Glenelg, Holdfast Bay, South Australia
Schooling: East Adelaide Public School, Norwood High School and Prince Alfred College South Australia
Occupation: Bank clerk
Died: Meningitis, Lucknow, England, Lucknow Isolation Hospital, Tidworth, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom, 1 October 1916, aged 18 years
Cemetery: Tidworth Military Cemetery, England
Memorials: Adelaide English, Scottish & Australian (ES&A) Bank Great War Honour Roll, Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Glenelg Moseley Street Uniting Church "Heroes of Two World Wars", Glenelg and District WW1 & WW2 Honour Board, Kapunda District Honour Board, Kent Town Prince Alfred College 'Nobly Striving, Nobly Fell' Roll of Honour, St Peters Heroes War Memorial, St Peters Spicer Memorial Church Stained Glass Window Honor Roll WW1 (1), Sydney (ANZ) English, Scottish and Australian Bank Great War Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

3 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 13420, Adelaide, South Australia
1 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 13420, Army Medical Corps (AIF), Enlistment/Embarkation WW1,

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1 Apr 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 13420, Army Medical Corps (AIF), HMAT Kanowna, Melbourne
1 Oct 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 13420, Army Medical Corps (AIF)

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The late Private Laurence Edmonds Pearce, of Glenelg, was the eldest son of Mr. W. E Pearce, of the Stock Exchange of Adelaide, and a grandson of Mr. S. W. Pearce, the well-known prospector and discoverer of the gold mines, Great Boulder, Ivanhoe, &c. He was born at East Adelaide, and educated at the East Adelaide public, Norwood High School, and Prince Alfred College. Later he entered the service of the E.S and A. Bank. He enlisted on January 3, shortly after his 18th birthday. Private Pearce joined the Army Medical Corps, and left Adelaide on March 30. After being in camp at Tel-el-Kebir, Egypt, and Salisbury Plain, England, he continued A.M.C. work in various hospitals, and it was while on duty at Brigade Hospital, Perham Downs, Andover, Hantshire, that he contracted meningitis, from which he died on October 1. Being of a quiet, unassuming disposition, he made many friends, who will mourn his early death." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 21 Oct 1916 (




Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK

Died on this date -1st October.....Private Laurence Edmonds Pearce was born at St. Peters, South Australia in 1897. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 3rd January, 1916 as an 18 year old Bank Clerk from Glenelg, South Australia.

Private Pearce embarked from Melbourne, Victoria on HMAT Kanowna (A61) on 1st April, 1916 with the Army Medical Corps – March 1916 Reinforcements. He then embarked from Alexandria on 28th May, 1916 & was transferred to England.

Private Pearce was transferred from A.A.M.C. Details at Tidworth, Wilshire, England to Perham Downs, Wiltshire, England on 9th July, 1916.

Private Laurence Edmonds Pearce was admitted to Tidworth Military Hospital on 29th September, 1916. He died on 1st October, 1916 in Lucknow Isolation Hospital, Tidworth, Wiltshire, England with Cerebro Spinal Meningitis.

Private Laurence Edmonds Pearce was buried in Tidworth Military Cemetery, Wiltshire, England where 172 other WW1 Australian War Graves are found.
Private Pearce has a Commonwealth War Graves Commission Headstone as well as a shared private headstone with fellow Australian Army Medical Corp member Corporal Thomas Charles Foster.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)