John George PEARCE


PEARCE, John George

Service Number: 1221
Enlisted: 3 January 1916, Newcastle, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 35th Infantry Battalion
Born: Hartlepool, England, December 1897
Home Town: Weston, Cessnock, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Wheeler
Died: Died of Wounds (received in France), Sydney, New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 20 December 1918
Cemetery: South Maitland (Kurri Kurri) Cemetery
Kurri Kurri Cemetery, Kurri Kurri, New South Wales, Australia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

3 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1221, 35th Infantry Battalion, Newcastle, New South Wales
1 May 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1221, 35th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
1 May 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1221, 35th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Benalla, Sydney
7 Jun 1917: Wounded Battle of Messines, Gas
12 Oct 1917: Wounded 1st Passchendaele, 2nd occasion - GSW (scalp)

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"The funeral of the late Private J. G. Pearce, who died in the Military Hospital, Sydney, on Friday, took place at Weeston on Sunday, the remains being interred at Kurri Kurri Cemetery. Lieutenant Wigginton was in charge of the returned soldiers, who led the cortege, followed by the Weston Band, and the coffin resting on a gun carriage drawn by returned soldiers. Then came a long line of residents and visitors from Newcastle and Maitland, the procession being one of the largest seen on the field. The service was read by the Rev. G. I. Pearson, followed by the salute and the "Last Post." The deceased soldier was 21 years of age, and was invalided to Australia as a cot case, suffering from gas, and a sad feature of the case was the fact that he was not able to reach his home. Prior to enlistment he was employed at Hebburn Colliery, and was also a member of the Hebburn Colliery Band." - from the Newcastle Morning Herald 24 Dec 1918 (